Clinical Academic Training
The Northern Ireland Clinical Academic Training Programme at Queen’s, offers opportunities at different levels to experience high quality research and prepare for a future career in research and training.
What is Clinical Academic Medicine & why is it so important?
- Clinical academic medicine is the practice of medicine in a university or medical school. This usually involves a combination of research, teaching and patient care.
- Clinical academics performing medical science are in a unique position, taking observations from patients into the laboratory for study. With the aim of eventually returning to the bedside, with new knowledge to improve patient care.
- Over the last 100 years the practice of medicine has moved from a reliance on myth and complex rituals to proven theories and treatments. This has come about as clinical academics and scientists working together have developed theories and treatment that have undergone testing and retesting as our knowledge of the human body and the world around it increases.
- The Clinical Academic Training Programme Board (CATP), comprised members from Queens, Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA) and the Belfast HSC Trust, oversee the academic progression of the trainee in ACL, ACF and AF2 programmes.
The ICAT 2 Programme is a unique all-Ireland cross-institutional PhD programme for clinician scientists in human, veterinary and dental medicine, integrated with the health services and university clinical research centres, which will prepare graduates for exciting and rewarding careers as clinician scientists. ICAT is founded on the principles of providing integrated, fellow-centric clinical academic training to postgraduate clinical trainees across all disciplines of human medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry through a programme which integrates PhD research training of the highest quality with higher specialist training.Learn More
Clinical Research Fellow trainees take time out of specialty training 'out-of-programme' and apply to the relevant Postgraduate Deanery to seek permission to undertake a period of research. Funding for the project should be identified and early application is encouraged.Research Opportunities
Clinical Academic Training at Queen’s University, Belfast is in partnership with the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency and the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Training Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
For further information, contact a member of our Clinical Academic Training team.
Director, Clinical Academic Training Programme
Dr Richard Turkington
Director, Irish Clinical Academic Training Programme
Professor Bernadette McGuinness
Programme Director for Certificate in Academic Medicine & AF2 Programme Lead
Academic Lead - Mentoring
Professor Jayne Woodside
Dr Kathryn Ferris (Clinical Research Fellow)
Postgraduate & Professional Development Manager
Professional Development Secretary
Postgraduate and Professional Development School of Medicine,
Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences
Whitla Medical Building, 2nd Floor
97 Lisburn Road,
Belfast, BT9 7BL
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 2158