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  1. Had my clinicals last year at CMHT Crawley ...bog standard chronic settled paranoid Schiz on Clozapine. Most of the other people had similar experiences. There were no surprises and the examiners were comprehensive in their assessments. There was a derelict travel inn nearby with their standard dry service.Hope this helps. Goodluck
  2. No..... there is no need to get hung up about status of specilities.There was indications at the formation of PMETB stage that there will be only 5 broad specialites in psychiatry and subspecialisations will happen after the run thru trg although after ST3(speciality trg yr3) the trainee is on track for his specialisation.There were also rumours that may be adult and child psychiatry will be the basic streams to start with so the term higher specialities will mean sub specialism.In any case as discussed in these forums earlier, it will be some time 'fore the actual picture emerges!
  3. Obviously there is no doubt that further trg in higher specialities is going to be longer and it does not matter to the govt whether a pt is seen by a jr consultant or a senior consulatant till the time the targets are met,so thats not a priority now.Trg from then is one's own initiative and after RITA kind of assessments it will lead on to sr consultancy. As far as clarity on this subject is concerned I don't think the colleges are any wiser at this moment but it would be intersting to hear Prof Bhugra's comments on his brief with the local SHO's at IoP.It would be worthwhile if any of the forum members attending it can enlighten the rest of us!
  4. Looking at this thread is it not obvious that with this attempt the beaurocracy is getting the post graduate training revamped as well as meeting the national requirement of workforce met in one masterful stroke. People becoming consultants before the foundation year cohort hits the ground are just lucky as the process was not this tedious,unfortunately the people caught in between will bear the brunt of changing climes. But this can be an oppurtunity too as this system is loaded in favour of people who may be clinically good but find the exams an unnecessary hurdle in their natural progression.By the looks of ,if one is into the basic trg,the run thru system ensures that U come out at the other end.Then its up to the indl concerned to chart future course obviously not with the same clinical lead role as of today's consultants.But then how does it matter,as some of the staff grades I have worked with are far more experienced and adept at their job than some of the consultant collegues.This way it seems a fairer playing field!
  5. Personally I do not think U need to know anything about Dr Bird,there are a couple of nerds in the subdean office who runs the show as far as overseas training approval goes,she just rubber stamps it! Its incredibly difficult to get to spk to them as they are law into themselves. In any case the no to get in touch is ext 252 from the RC switchboard.One particularly helpful person seems to be Katy Gay her email id is Good luck
  6. Malli U'r friend can either approach the post graduate deanery for an extension which they will be reluctant to do unless U have supporting documentation from U'r personnel department.The other thing to do would be the locum employer to support the application for a work permit (which allows people to work as staff grades).The third option would be to opt for the HSMP route if U'r friend still has got couple of mo left on the PFT and can gather 65points on their criteria. goodluck :-/
  7. SH Depends on what do U want to know of the scottish MHA.If U are practicing in Scotland its worthwhile to get hold of the Approved Medical Practitioners training manual from Blackwell's Bookshop in Edinburgh.They take email orders on But if U are looking for a broad review then look in the Blue comic(Psychiatric Bulletin)last issue,there was an article by Lindsay Thomson which is quite good for gaining an understanding. Hope this is helpful
  8. Either way there is no need for trainees to panic,the hurdles are going to be the same but called differently.The requirement for trainees & completed products will be driven by market forces,it doesn't bother me if the stick at the top of the food chain has changed hands....we as clinicians will be doing what we did 50yrs ago and if they make it tougher for us to do our job in conducive environs..the recruitment issues will automatically reset the clock. The question for trainees to ask is if they are going to make good psychiatrists in the time now avl for trg or this move is to get hordes of generalists & people with speciality interests will have to plough there own fields away from mainstream. Since the first cohort of FYI & II are not due till Aug 2007,there is enough time for the royal colleges to iron out the details. During my own discussion with Prof Bhugra, RCPsych dean, it was clear that there was a perceptable vagueness & it was obvious that the devil is in the detail for which everyone is playing the waiting game. So comrades...don't worry keep chugging!
  9. But that is going away from the meat of this thread,Are SpR posts going to be disbanded? I think the answer lies in run thru trg which means after FY2 & into spl trg the SHO & current SpR posts are to be amalgamated to result in junior consultants which for all practical purposes will resemble today's SpR but will serve a valuable political agenda! Now don't quote me on this issue,this is my understanding of reading between the lines of MMC & PMETB initiatives.
  10. Yeah I would agree that the vacuum left by the college on this aspect has led to speculation & uncertainity.The truth remains that the college is intimidated by the PMETB as it remains quite an unknown entity in its current remit.The political will in establishing PMETB was to get the Royal colleges to tug the political line as it was getting too powerful for political liking. So if U look at the current uncertainity it serves a purpose....the old guard assessing the new kid in town!The PMETB is heavily dependent on the college to find its feet initially & the colleges would leave no stone unturned in making this learning curve as steep as possible
  11. I think this question has been answered by various members at various times so I presume U do not have the patience to trawl the dignified bye-lanes of superego-cafe.... Anyway I think 4mo is enough if U are focussed enough.One of the ways to go about it is to retrace back the way to exam ie break down each section, focus on each by planning say 10 essay like topics,College seminar series on Critical review which has past papers+Lawrie's book & the manchester notes for ISQ's.Plan PMP experience as well as long case presentation way before the exams are due as the time to get them sorted after writtens is too short.Remember its U'r day to day work which pays rich dividents in the exams so use all the experience well.Get into a study group of like minded people to pump each other when the interests flog..(which is bound to happen) try to enjoy the experience,this is a time which U will remember for long... Tally ho
  12. As with all may/can questions,use of ca channel blocker in NMS is a possibility,there are some evid for verapamil too! But in routine practice the rarity of NMS does not allow longitudinal studies with significant effect sizes
  13. The college does have pilot stations & cameras recording examiners performance,but none of these data seem to percolate into policy decisions.This is a vital flaw in selection of examination panel whereby illequipped & racist specimens continue to harass genuine candidates.The criteria for selection of examiners should be transparent and possibly they should also go thru variety of stations with structured marking so that these fellas have a taste of their own medicine. This would actually bring about uniformity on the assessments on the other side of the table.
  14. I would not necessarily agree with the webmaster on that,the compilation of modern classsic papers by neurolink has a good collection published in late 90's which are methodologically quite appropriate,they also are fertile source of material for U'r own essay prepn
  15. One of the best ways to conceptulise the structure of an essay would be to keep an eye on the rapid response section of the bmj which sometimes brings out two sides of the argument in a comprehensible way,rest depends on U'r presentation skills