Happy New Year to you all! Following feedback from the EMTA Conference in November, throughout this year we will be running monthly updates to keep you up to date with what we’re doing, both through our participation in committees at the RCEM and our involvement with the wider medical community. This will be circulated in the EMJ supplement, via our Facebook page, and the blog section of the EMTA website.
This month Jon Bailey attended the RCEM Council meeting. Winter is usually a busy time for us across the country, but attendances to EDs have been very slightly down year on year from October through to December, with a particular dip noted in the week between Christmas and the New Year. Nonetheless, the workload now appears to be picking up again and over the last two weeks we have seen performance drop below last years’ levels.
EMTA, and our opposite number for non-training doctors, FASSGEM, both held conferences in November last year with excellent feedback. Moving forward, we are planning to deliver more events suitable for members of both groups, and plan to host a combined FASSGEM and EMTA Conference in Southampton in November 2017.
The 2015 EMTA conference sold out several weeks before the conference itself, and therefore this year, we will be using a bigger venue to accommodate more of you! True to our promise to move out of London, we are aiming to run this year’s conference in Edinburgh in July, and we hope to be able to confirm the venue for you next month, in plenty of time to book study leave. There will once again be an opportunity to submit abstracts for poster and oral presentations, and a host of top class speakers.
New EMTA Positions
We are looking for an enthusiastic DRE-EM trainee, and an enthusiastic Paediatric Emergency Medicine Subspecialist to join EMTA. The first is a new position, whilst the second will take over from Claire Kirby, who is soon to become a consultant. If you are interested in these positions, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
New RCEM President
As many of you will already be aware, Dr Cliff Mann will be stepping down as President of the College this summer as his term comes to an end this year. Fellows of the College are able to nominate and second candidates for the post, with nominations due to close on 5th February.
New ACCS Website
The aged ACCS UK website, which had remained unchanged since the 2007 curriculum update, has finally been taken down and replaced with a new site maintained by the RCOA. It can be found here: https://www.rcoa.ac.uk/accs If you have any feedback on the site, or if you come across any links directing you to the old site, please contact the RCOA via email@example.com and let them know!
Finally, it has come to our attention via the Academy Trainee Doctors’ Group that trainees in both O&G and Paediatrics have in the last few months had access to their ePortfolios granted by courts, and that the contents of ePortfolios have been used as evidence that has changed the outcomes of legal trials. We have raised concerns over the obvious conflicts between our requirement to reflect on our practice as part of our training, and the potential for such private thoughts to be used against trainees in the event of case proceeding to trial. This problem does not end with training of course, as similar reflective practice is used during revalidation at consultant level.
As this matter will affect trainees across all specialties, we have asked that the matter be discussed at the next meeting of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to provide some guidance on the matter.
Until such guidance is forthcoming, please remember the ePortfolio is not a legally privileged document, and therefore whatever is documented therein can be used as evidence in court.