Posted February 11th 2021 (16 days ago)

Foundation School Bulletin

Acute Medicine for NHS Doctors

Acute Medicine for International Medical Graduates is a one-day online workshop that aims to support international medical graduates and junior doctors, new to acute care practice in the NHS, with skills to enable confident management of acute medical patients through the use of a wide range of clinical case scenarios and interactive content.

Experienced NHS consultants and medical educators have carefully curated the workshop, which focuses on supporting junior doctors and IMGs with applying clinical knowledge of acute medicine to the management of several acute cases including sepsis, acute coronary syndrome, acute asthma, diabetic ketoacidosis etc. We will also hone prescribing skills (intravenous fluids in AKI; fluids and insulin in DKA/HHS patients according to national guidelines) as well as rehearse skills in ECG and ABG interpretation.

Our next workshops will be held on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st February 2021. It allows for easy and safe attendance from anywhere in the UK because they are online.

The feedback from our 2020 workshops has been great. An FY2 doctor said – “It would have been so good to have this workshop as part of my induction week. Thank you so much for the patience and clarity with which the explanations were given.”

The workshops on February 20th and 21st will most likely be of relevance to current foundation doctors, new GP and IMT trainees (particularly IMGs) but may also be of interest to other IMGs with limited experience of acute medicine in the NHS.

A place on the workshop can be booked, and further details found at

Junior Doctor Well-Being Survey

Dear Trainees, As I’m sure you are aware there are significant rates of distress and depression experienced by many junior hospital doctors, exacerbated by the recent pandemic epidemic. A research team led by Dr Ruth Riley at Birmingham University is conducting a mixed methods study to investigate this further.

We’re currently recruiting Junior Doctors to participate in an online survey looking at working cultures, mental health, and suicidality.  

This survey, alongside in-depth interviews, will identify any links between working conditions/cultures and poor mental health and suicidality. The findings will inform further research aiming to support Junior Doctors in the future.

The link to the survey is: 

This study has HRA Approval. If you would like any further information on the study, our website is:

Core Surgical Training Interview Preparation Evening

Dear all,

Following the success of our first session, the Oxford Foundation Surgical Society, in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, are delighted to announce that we are running the Core Surgical Training Interview Preparation evening once more!

Oxford Foundation Surgical Society x RCSEd - Core Surgical Training Interview Preparation Evening -  15 February 2021 17:00 - 18:30h

The evening will include a series of informative talks providing more information on the updated 2021 interview process and tips on how to succeed in the clinical and management stations from previous successful applicants, including an example interview of a previous successful applicant by two consultant examiners.

This is the perfect opportunity for those who missed out on the first session to join us in this evening. PLUS, on top of the topics covered in our previous session, there will be additional information on interview etiquette and an example on how not to perform in an interview.

To sign up, please head to:

Venepuncture Study

With the impact of many events around the world including COVID 19 there has been an increased focus on inequalities. This study is looking in particular at inequalities within medicine and training opportunities. I would like to humbly invite you to complete a short questionnaire on the topic of diversity and inclusion - with a focus on venepuncture in patients with dark skin tones.

The purpose of the study is to investigate the opportunity to practice and confidence of final year medical students and junior doctors in the foundation programme towards venepuncture in manikins and patients with dark skin tones.

The survey will take approximately 4 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions or feedback please feel free to contact me, Dr Paapa A-Odame -, Honorary Academic at the University of Bristol

Microsoft forms link to study below

Best Wishes to you all