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Title: Clinical academic careers

Clinical academic careers
Galenicals, 8th January 20109
Clinical academic careers
Clinical academic careers
Career path in medicine (including surgery)
involving training and experience in teaching
and/or research, leading to a senior level
position in a university
Clinical academic careers
Personal stimulating environments, opportunity
to contribute to training of future
generations, highs and lows of research.
National shortage subject!
Clinical academic careers
Defined career paths now exist, career structure
easier to envisage than previously (but not
necessarily easier to attain!). Competitive,
demanding. Aim is to have true flexibility.
Clinical academic careers
I did it my way.
1970-77 grammar school in Cornwall
1978-83 MB BS (Hons) London Hospital (didnt do
an intercalated BSc)
1983-4 house jobs, London Hospital
1985-7 SHO, golden mile, London
1987-8 Registrar, Hammersmith Hospital
incurably hooked on nephrology by this
stage encouraged to do research mainly for
reasons of cv enhancement in a competitive
Clinical academic careers
I did it my way.
1988 Medical Research Council training
fellowship, Cambridge (3 yrs). PhD 1991
1991 Medical Research Council clinician-
scientist fellowship, Cambridge (4 years).
1995 new Chair of Renal Medicine, Bristol
2007 elected President of Renal Association
2008 Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Dentistry University of Bristol
Clinical academic careers
I did it my way.
PhD post-doctoral work on autoimmune renal
disease, cytokine genetics
In Bristol, focus on proteinuria (causes,
consequences, treatments)
Research group now 18 people, mixture of
clinical non-clinical backgrounds from UK,
India, Libya etc, collaborations with Sweden,
USA, Canada Funding from MRC, Wellcome
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Clinical academic careers
I did it my way.
Undergraduates postgraduates in general
medicine nephrology nurses and PAMs, PhD/MD
students, undergraduate projects for
intercalating medics/other sciences
Rewarding stimulating, opportunity to give
back, encourage others etc. UK Uganda
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Clinical academic careers
I did it my way.
Would I do it again?
Definitely! Especially now with efforts to
construct pathways for clinical academic careers
in UK, availability of mentorship schemes,
shortage of applicants for senior clinical
academic posts etc
2009 the integrated academic training pathway
Pathways to a career in academic medicine (
surgery etc!)
  • Some health professionals know that they want to
    pursue an academic career while still a student
  • Opportunities usually exist to learn about
    research methods during the undergraduate course
  • Some will enter medicine already with a degree in
    another subject (graduate entrants)
  • For a few there are opportunities to combine
    getting a medical degree with a PhD (MB/PhD
  • Intercalated BSc (!) other academic credentials

Academic F2 programme
  • University of Bristol in association with the
    Severn Deanery
  • Supported by Foundation Programme Directors

The national scene
  • Programmes in all school/deanery partnerships
  • Varying numbers of posts
  • Different rotations
  • Most focus on research
  • a few teaching
  • a very few leadership and management
  • Information on UKFPO website
  • Moving to a national application process before
    standard FP opens
  • Separate application form
  • Interview

The Bristol programme
  • An academic F2 year
  • 12 posts
  • 1 x 4 month academic post based at UoB
  • Each with a day a week in service
  • 2 x 4 month service posts at UHBristol/NBT
  • Each with a day release for academic work
  • Currently research orientated
  • Education posts to follow
  • Lead onto Academic Clinical Fellowship posts

The academic posts
  • Surgery
  • Endocrinology-adult
  • General practice
  • Clinical epidemiology/public health
  • may be subject to change!
  • Psychiatry
  • Medical physiology
  • Paediatrics ID/microbiology
  • Paediatrics renal/endocrine

The curriculum
  • Complete F2 competencies in 2 service blocks
  • Day release in service blocks for academic work
  • Day release back into service in academic block
  • Generic research methods course
  • 1/2 day/week in block 1
  • Complete a piece of academic work 4months
  • Literature Review
  • Practical project in lab
  • Data collection survey, interviews etc
  • Write a paper
  • Presentation at academic meeting
  • Prepare an ACF application

Generic research methods course
  • A selection of the following will be available
  • European Computer Driving License
  • An Introduction to Epidemiology, Health Services
    Research and Basic Statistics
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Good Practice in Clinical Research
  • Good Practice in Laboratory Research
  • Database management
  • Writing a research proposal
  • Careers in Academic Medicine

  • Clinical supervisor - each attachment
  • Educational supervisor - for the year
  • Academic supervisor
  • Member of group of 12 F2 trainees

Desirable Qualities
  • No failure in MB BCh
  • Additional qualifications eg BA, BSc MSc etc
  • Intercalated degree
  • Distinctions in MB BCh
  • Publication(s)
  • Prizes in medical school
  • Presentation of work at a national or
    international meeting
  • Demonstration of personal reasons for applying
    for this AF2

Further information
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