Posted April 27th 2021 (20 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.

Our Spring/Summer workshops will take place on the 15th & 16th of May and the 10th & 11th of July 2021. It allows for easy and safe attendance from anywhere in the UK because they are online, which also has the added advantage for doctors from abroad starting placements in August. They may wish to attend the workshop before they arrive in the UK.

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.

Doctors can register for the workshop here: 

Regional Teaching Days - Ethics & Acute Medical Emergencies

Dear Trainees, Please see below 2 courses on Maxcourse:

Ethics - 4th May

Ethics – understanding principles and putting them into clinical practice - Interactive session in which you will have the opportunity to discuss cases but also understand theoretical background

Acute Medical Emergencies - 7th May

Assessment and initial management of common medical emergencies.

RCPath Book Club

Dear Trainees, please see information below about the RCPath Book Club and some of their competitions:

  1. 1.    Sign up for our free RCPath Book Club event featuring 'Gulp: Travels Around the Gut’ – Thursday 22 April 

Join Mary Roach, author of Gulp, and an expert panel to discuss the key themes and ideas explored in this book. This event will take place via Zoom webinar and will be recorded. A video will be available on our YouTube channel after the event. You don't need to have read the book to join in with this event. Find out more at


  1. 2.    Enter our essay competition by Friday 11 June for a chance to win £200 and have your essay published 

This year we’re encouraging Foundation doctors to explore COVID-19 testing strategies. Find out more and enter at  


  1. 3.    Our annual Art of Pathology competition is now open   
    We’re inviting entrants of all ages from the UK and abroad to interpret this year’s theme, ‘All Together Now’, using any artistic medium of choice. The winner from each of the three age categories will receive £50 and have their artwork published online and in the Bulletin. For more information and inspiration, visit  
  2. 4.    We’re accepting applications for this year’s public engagement grant scheme 

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for individuals or organisations who wish to develop pathology-related public engagement activities or events. The public engagement team are happy to answer questions and provide advice to any prospective grant applicants so get in touch at if you would like to discuss your application. Online/virtual event ideas are welcomed. Find out more on our grants scheme page.

 Coaching and Mentoring Advert

Looking for a boost with your career development or someone to support you in your working life as a junior doctor? Find yourself a mentor or let us help you find one. A mentor is that one person who can guide you, help you, take you under their wing and nurture you throughout your career.  A Professor Dumbledore to your Harry Potter. A  Maya Angelou to your Oprah Winfrey.  A  Marc Andreessen to your Mark Zuckerberg”

 Health Education England (across the south west) have recently trained a number of Junior Doctor Mentors and they are waiting to hear from you.

 Having a mentor can provide you with many advantages, they can:


  •  improve your learning curve
  • open your mind to new ideas and possibilities
  • identify new ideas and possibilities
  • give you a push in the right direction
  • advise on career options


Wouldn’t you benefit from developing a relationship with someone who can help you with your quest for excellence?

 If the above has whetted your appetite and you would like to know more, please e-mail for an Expression of Interest Form which must be returned by no later than Friday 30th April.

Stroke Simulation Course

Dear All,

As part of our NBT stroke simulation programme we are offering stroke simulation training days which are available to anyone involved in acute stroke across the region.
The details are as follows:



  • 7th May 08:30 - 16:15
  • 8th July 08:30 - 16:15
  • 22nd September 08:30 - 16:15
  • 10th December 08:30 - 16:15

Where? SimSpace, Learning and Research Building, Southmead Hospital

Who? Anyone! This is a multidisciplinary course so anyone from the nursing and medical team can attend. We will have Stroke ANPs and registrars to teach and support all of those attending.
What? The areas that we will look to cover will include: use of NIHSS, Thrombolysis, Thrombectomy, Haemorrhagic Stroke Management, BP Management, Post Thrombolysis Complications, Stroke Mimics and more!

How much? £79 to attend. Please note there are subsidised places available for those that would otherwise not be able to attend. Please contact us directly to discuss this.
To book a place, please email:

Queries? Please email:

Attendance certificates will be provided for all that attend.

Ella Sherman
Stroke SpR
Southmead Hospital

UKFP Bulletin - 21st April

Dear trainees, please see the latest UKFPO Bulletin below:

Healthcare Leadership Academy and Medics Academy summit

When?  -29th - 30th May 2021

This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work and get involved in a free international Healthcare Leadership Academy and Medics Academy summit. This 2-day event, 'International Medical Education: Emerging Innovation In Global Education', aims to showcase, encourage and promote medical education innovation globally and locally. The event will be held on 29th-30th May 2021 from 9.30am to 4.30pm on both days.

The aims and overarching mission of the HLA Medics.Academy Summit 2021 are to:

  • Inspire each other with new ideas and opportunities
  • With lessons from a range of diverse nations to promote Medical Education platforms and foster new relationships for collaboration
  • Amplify collective ideas
  • Through poster presentations and practical exercises, that engage with innovators
  • Facilitate the next generation leadership approaches for healthcare students and professionals
  • Using workshops which will combine knowledge of innovation with practical approaches.


We welcome submissions on a competitive basis for poster presentations and oral presentations (deadline the 1st May).

 Cutting it - South West Surgical Career Sessions

Dates: 28th April, 5th May, 12th May, 19th May, 26th May, 2nd June

Where? Online

Time? 18:30-19:30

  • 28th April - Preparing to succeed at interview
  • 5th May - Portfolio, why academic? 
  • 12th May - MRCS, Why Urology? 
  • 19th May - Making a success of core surgical training 
  • 26th May - Making a success of core surgical training 
  • 2nd June - Surgical careers, the Woman's perspective

Register here

MDU Learning

Dear Trainees below are some links to the current teaching and online learning that the MDU have to offer.

Their foundation doctor seminars are delivered at a local hospital level so if any trainees are interested in those please contact your PGME. They are delivering these on a virtual basis currently but usually deliver them on a face to face basis.

Foundation doctor seminars - The MDU

They also offer a number of free e-learning modules on a range of topics. These are mixed in alongside their paid for courses, but it does state if they are free for members or if there is a cost attached.

Courses and e-learning - The MDU