You have only days left to shape medical training for the next 30 years.
The Shape of Training review aims to plan how doctors should work and train in the next 30 years. This is your chance to directly tell decision-makers what you want postgraduate training to look like.
- Should we have more generalists and fewer specialists?
- Should there be a speciality of General Internal Medicine (distinct from Geris)?
- Should all medical trainees CCT in GIM before starting speciality training?
- Should more specialities dual-accredit and therefore contribute to the acute take (hello Rheumatology, Dermatology, Renal, Oncology……)?
- Should F2 be abolished?
- Is training flexible enough?
- How can trainees be supported to learn from their experiences?
- Is the balance right in the current system between training and service provision?
I have strong views on many of these questions (the answer to the last one is NO!)
“This review takes place in a rapidly changing environment. Medical and scientific advances, evolving healthcare and population needs, changes to healthcare systems and professional roles, the push towards more care provided in the community, the information and communications technology (ICT) revolution, and changing patient and public expectations will all affect how doctors will practise in the future. We therefore need to consider what these changes mean for the way doctors are trained.”
The survey is long, but is so important that it’s worth the effort. I recommend you put aside some time, make an extra large cup of tea, and really dedicate some brainpower to your answers. This is the best chance you will ever have of influencing the shape of medical training. Don’t let it slip through your fingers.
In particular I would consider mentioning your views on WPBAs and the ePortfolio in questions
- 13: How do we make sure doctors in training get the right breadth and quality of learning experiences and time to reflect on these experiences? (Better software in which reflection could be logged on the go, and reflections could be tagged and organised/visualised/shared more flexibly would help. Time spent with mentors instead of filling in paperwork would also be great)
- 14: What needs to be done to improve the transitions as doctors move between the different stages of their training and then into independent practice? (Interoperability of ePortfolio systems would be a start)
- 18: Are there other changes needed to the organisation of medical education and training to make sure it remains fit for purpose in 30 years time that we have not touched on so far in this written call for evidence? (yes…..)