Applying for training

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Case studies - doctors in academic training

Dr A undertook core training in medicine, during which time she developed an interest in research. She obtained a clinical academic fellowship working on a trial in stroke medicine, and work from this formed the basis of her thesis for an MD. Following this Dr A obtained an ST3 post in geriatric medicine, and went on to complete her clinical training.


Dr B obtained an academic foundation program position, and on completing this undertook ACCS training with a view to becoming an Emergency Physician. He obtained an ST4 post in emergency medicine. Using the data generated from his Fy2 post, he applied for and was awarded a training fellowship funded by Chest Heart Stroke Scotland, which he undertook as Out of Program experience and worked towards a PhD. Following this he was appointed to a clinical lecturers post in Emergency Medicine, and completed his clinical training as an honorary StR.


Dr C spent two years training in orthopaedic surgery as an StR. She then obtained a clinical lectureship, completed a year of pre-doctoral research and then undertook a PhD which was funded as part of this scheme. Following her return to the post-doctoral clinical lectureship she applied for a intermediate fellowship allowing her to continue research up until gaining her CCT.


Dr T completed her core medical training. She thought she might be interested in a career in dermatology and research, but having had little experience of either was uncertain. She undertook a self-funded research masters in dermatology for one year. She enjoyed the dermatology aspects and thus during this year successfully applied for an SpR training scheme in dermatology.

Her research went well, and she also enjoyed it and as a result decided to convert her Masters degree to the first year of a 3 year PhD. On the strength of her preliminary data and aptitude she was awarded a University scholarship to fund the extra two years. Her training deanery agreed to hold the NTN number for her until the completion of her PhD.