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General Medicine at Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital

Dr Kumar Rudra

Postgraduate Education and training opportunities are one of the best in QEQM in Margate. There are weekly and monthly educational and academic sessions that comprise of Grand Rounds, Geriatrics and General Internal Medicine Tutorials, dedicated weekly CMT teaching and Medical Half Days (Consultant lead lectures on core medical subjects with occasional external speakers). There are regular PACES teaching for trainees appearing in their MRCP-2 examinations. In addition to these there are subspecialty teaching sessions that are run by the individual departments. 

Also as QEQM is a centre for undergraduate clinical teaching for 3rd, 4th and final year students from King’s College and St George’s, all trainees are encouraged to actively take part in routine didactic and bed side clinical teaching for the students. Trainees are encouraged to present in the postgraduate Medical Grand Rounds and Geriatrics & G(I)M meetings under the guidance of their Consultant Educational Supervisors. Regular written & verbal feedbacks are given by the College Tutor on the trainees' teaching skills, academic activities and presentation skills.

In addition to the learning opportunities in the routine work that a trainee has to undertake in the wards, there is ample opportunity to take part and learn through subspecialty work within General and Geriatric Medicine. So a trainee (depending on their allocated rotation) not only has the opportunity to learn from specialties such as Cardiology, Respiratory Medicine, Gastroenterology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, but can also learn from the subspecialty knowledge that exists within Geriatric Medicine such as Orthogeriatrics (Hip fracture care pre and post operative, cardiac and pulmonary disease in the Elderly with hip fracture, falls and bone health), Stroke Medicine and its advances with research opportunities, Falls and Syncope (Clinic based), Tilt Table Tests (all age syncope), Heart Failure in the Elderly (in patient and clinic based), & Movement Disorders (clinic based).

Thus unsurprisingly a very high standard of postgraduate medical education and training exists in QEQM that parallels the high MRCP pass rate that has been achieved in recent years.

Dr Kumar K Rudra
College Tutor for Medicine
QEQM Hospital, Margate