Lead Academic: Dr Richard Turkington (Research Profile Link)
An Oncology placement may also be supervised by: Dr Aidan Cole, Professor Vicky Coyle and Professor Suneil Jain
Prior to starting the placement
Following successful application, you are invited to visit the N. Ireland Cancer Centre to discuss the placement with your Academic Clinical Supervisors. This will help with planning a suitable research project and academic exposure.
You should arrange regular meetings with your supervisor throughout your placement and complete a meeting feedback form. Meetings should occur face to face and weekly at the relevant supervisor’s office.
Generic academic skills
By undertaking an academic F2 placement, you will gain insights into clinical academic medicine through regular interactions with your supervisors, other clinical academics, consultants active in research and education, QUB scientific and educational staff, postgraduate research students and clinical research professionals. This placement is designed to develop your knowledge, skills and aptitudes for academic medicine and to foster interest in a long-term clinical academic career in any discipline.
The placement will commence with an appraisal meeting with your main supervisors to review your learning portfolio to date and to agree the educational and research objectives for this academic F2 placement. You will receive feedback from your supervisors throughout the 4-month attachment with regular assessment to ensure academic competencies are achieved.
A research project can be chosen in one of a number of topics relevant to solid tumours. This will be based in the context of one or more clinical trials or translational research studies. The project will be supervised by one or two experienced clinical academics. If possible, the research project could form the basis of an abstract to be submitted to a national meeting.Research training: It is envisaged you will be able to complete a number of research project tasks (learn about the ethical, regulatory and NHS governance issues relevant to clinical academic research; undertake a literature review; interrogate a database; collate laboratory results; practise scientific writing; present data in an abstract, as a poster and/or oral presentation). To assist in this we have planned for academic F2 doctors to work in all the clinical areas for Medical and Clinical Oncology, in the laboratories based close by in the QUB Centre for Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research and in the N. Ireland Cancer Clinical Trials Network. Trainees will assist in current clinical trials and will receive training in the basics of clinical trial and translational research methodology, ethics and governance.Mentorship: You will have access to experienced clinical academic staff in oncology (Professor Joe O’Sullivan, Dr Seamus McAleer, Dr Richard Turkington, Prof Vicky Coyle and Prof Suneil Jain). All are available to provide longer-term advice and encouragement to help you pursue a career in academic medicine.
Oncology has active undergraduate and postgraduate educational opportunities.
You will be encouraged to participate in the undergraduate teaching programmes that we run for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year medical students (seminars, tutorials, lectures, clinic and ward based teaching). This teaching will be directly observed by your academic supervisors with multiple opportunities for feedback to improve both your confidence and competence.Formal postgraduate education includes weekly case and topic based learning, and education on the basic, translational and clinical science base in malignant disease. These sessions will be held in the 4 wards and radiotherapy facilities in the Cancer Centre, Bridgewater Suite and the Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research and the N. Ireland Cancer Clinical Trials Network.
Teaching Skills with Centre for Medical Education
To date, many trainees have gained valuable teaching experience in CSEC.
Opportunities on offer
Regular teaching sessions in clinical skills – with formal induction and debrief. Peer review of teaching. OSCE training and potential to examine in an OSCE. Certificate for the SFP portfolio
Teaching sessions on offer
Teaching usually occurs on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon - during the academic year. There are also other teaching sessions on during the week. There are also many other opportunities in teaching in the Centre for Medical Education. To ensure a rich experience we would recommend at least 1 session per week were possible
Further information on this will be available on these opportunities at induction.
There will be F2 level clinical feedback, appraisal and assessment as documented in the Foundation Programme Curriculum (www.mmc.nhs.uk). You will have particular opportunities to expand your knowledge of management of malignant diseases in both the in- and out-patient setting with attendance in wards and at clinics where you will be expected to see new and review patients in both clinical trials and standard care in oncology. This will provide numerous encounters suitable for recording F2 competencies in mini-CEX and CBL formats. Tuition will also be provided on appropriate communication with fellow health professionals and patients including construction of dictated letters (an important generic skill). It will also be expected that you will be preparing for and sitting the Part 1 MRCP exam or equivalent during the Academic F2 year.
Clinical and or Research Centre Seminars
Seminars at the Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research occur at Thursday lunchtime and students will be expected to attend. These seminars are led by invited speakers and cover a broad range of research topics. The NI Cancer Centre Grand Rounds is held on Friday mornings and has a more clinical focus. Students are expected to attend either in person or virtually.
Provisional job plans
These indicative job plans have been designed to introduce the successful candidate to major areas of clinical and academic aspects in non-surgical oncology using systemic therapies and radiotherapy. There will be individualisation of the attachment for trainees dependent on previous research experience and ultimate career wishes, but neither previous research nor a desire to work with patients with malignant disease long-term are mandatory. Training in library and journal access will be provided in addition to the clinical training on the relevant hospital IT systems pertinent to our practice.
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