Med Ed F3 in YGED
As we've currently got our Med Ed F3 posts out to advert we thought the would ask Seren one of our current Med Ed team to talk about what she does in the role.
Until April 2020, I thought I would take my FY3 year in New Zealand, as so many others have done before. I thought it would be a chance to take a break from the training treadmill, explore different specialties, enjoy the great outdoors and see the other side of the world. But by April 2020, we'd been working as doctors in a global pandemic for a month, and it was becoming increasingly apparent that perhaps travelling to the far side of the globe wasn't as feasible as it had first seemed... that's when I came across a job advert for the FY3 clinical fellow posts in emergency medicine and medical education at YG.
A chance to explore Emergency medicine as a potential future career path - Tick!
A chance to enjoy the great outdoors, with Snowdonia national park on the doorstep - Tick!
A change to see the other side of the world... maybe not quite (but arguably the most bilingual part of the UK!)
and the added bonus of developing skills and knowledge in Medical Education, alongside a fully funded PG Cert - Tick!
Since August I have had the privilege of being a member of the YGED family, and it has been an excellent way to spend my FY3 year.
I split my time between a clinical role in the emergency department and teaching medical students. Working in this part of the country, and on the edge of snowdonia, makes the patient demographic highly variable - in a single shift I might encounter patients from a few days to a hundred years old, with medical problems, surgical problems, minor injuries or major trauma. As an SHO, I have been encouraged to get involved with all areas of the department, but never felt out of my depth as the senior team are always on hand to guide and advise. Its certainly not just service provision - we have weekly SHO teaching, there are always learning opportunities and interesting cases, and we're encouraged to participate in audit, QIP and departmental meetings.
Simulation photo take pre COVID
My teaching role is also varied. For the most part I am involved in teaching the third and fifth year medical students from Cardiff and Bangor universities for their acute medicine placements. I often work in a supervisory role in the emergency department - supporting them to see patients, discussing cases, observing placement based assessments and doing bedside teaching. I also work with the undergraduate department to run tutorials and simulation sessions in the clinical skills department. I have taught history taking and examination skills sessions for second year students, run sim sessions for FY2s, arranged revision sessions for students in the lead up to OSCEs, been an OSCE examiner, and am currently working with the undergraduate team and a couple of consultants to design an educational programme around pre-hospital rural medicine - hopefully an exciting major incident scenario in the works for the summer!
The PGCert is taught through Bangor university, and fully funded. Due to the pandemic, it has been run via Microsoft teams thus far, but group discussion and peer feedback is encouraged (as it would be in a classroom setting). These sessions take place every 2-3 weeks, and each term has 2 assessments - presentations or essays. There is also an opportunity to build a portfolio towards HEA accreditation - so hopefully I'll finish the year with 2 qualifications for the work of 1, and a few extra letters to put after my name!
As for outside of work? When restrictions have allowed, making the most of beautiful North Wales of course! Walking, hiking, climbing, surfing, wild swimming, SUP-ing, cycling, camping - whatever takes my fancy, and available on the doorstep. After night shifts you might even find the whole team heading to Llanberis for a swim in the lake.
So, it may not be New Zealand, but its a pretty good alternative!
For more information and to apply please see here