Present included representation from the BMA, a variety of careers advice services, a number of Locum agencies, and some (not free!) coffee.
The event was generally a success in promoting core medical training in the region. I spoke to a number of Year 3/4/5 medical students mainly from
- Birmingham University
My personal impression is that the primary concern of these students is their concerns regarding the whole Modernising Medical Careers shake-up. Having said that it was largely a positive experience for most trainees.
The speciality event in the evening was attended by a number of our former teachers: medical consultants David Rea, Clinical Oncologist at University Hospital Birmingham and Dr David Nicholl (in these modern times see the entry written about him on Wikipedia ) , both having done an excellent job at training their students!
Other than the free pens, its good to see the deanery paying some attention to the Junior doctors. However I wonder if those attending/ wished to attend had any comments on the day specifically in regard to
- How the BMA / Deaneries should be focussing their resources dealing with the real concerns affecting trainees?
- As students what are your primary job concerns?