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Update on Barts and ITU rotations

Hi all! Apologies for the delay in posting this.

Special thanks to everyone who had taken their time to complete the survey and your feedback had been extremely valuable in shaping the future of these posts.

As you can see from the graph below, slightly more than half of the respondents would hope that the Barts rotation kept at 6 months. One of the main reasons for this is the heavy, demanding workload and tight rota schedule in Barts. Trainees who had worked there often felt that they were there more for service provision rather than training. Also, some felt that it would be a shame that not all trainees rotate through Barts. Those who hoped that the rotation was to be extended mainly wished for more time to gain experience in CF and sleep/vent.

With regards to the ITU rotation, although slightly less than half of the respondents disagreed that rotation should be reduced to 3 months, it was still a majority decision that we should keep things as it is. The opinions were split, as quite a few people thought that 3 months would be adequate for the experience and would rather get more experience in other sub-specialty like CF whereas others felt that the rotation could be used to prepare for SCE exam and to build more confidence in GIM and dealing with extremely sick patients.

To conclude, the duration of these rotations will not be changed for now. We may be asked about this again in 2 – 3 years time and things may change then! We shall see.

Barts and ITU graph


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