Is an F1 Paeds placement essential for success in getting into Paediatric Specialty?

EmmaM

New Member
How important is it to get an F1 placement in Paeds to be successful in getting into Paediatric Specialty Training later? There are very few positions offered in my first choice deanery that have Paeds rotations.

I am wondering if it would be beneficial to rank F1 positions with Paeds rotations high, even if they are in places I would dread going to.

Also, what should I do once I'm in F1 to enhance my chances if I do not get a Paeds rotation?

Thanks!
 

!

New Member
It is not essential but probably recommended to do by the time of applying (more to see if you actually like it)

Other things to do:
- career taster days - do a week in a paeds dept with ward rounds, clinics, meetings
- paeds audit, poster, presentation
- MRCPaeds exams
 

EmmaM

New Member
It is not essential but probably recommended to do by the time of applying (more to see if you actually like it)

Other things to do:
- career taster days - do a week in a paeds dept with ward rounds, clinics, meetings
- paeds audit, poster, presentation
- MRCPaeds exams
Many thanks for your helpful and careful response!

1. I am definitely ranking programmes within the teaching hospital trust, that have paeds rotations in F1, at the very top of my list. I will also definitely do a taster if I do not get into any of these (there are only 6 positions plus 3 in paediatric surgery and I am told they are very high on many people's rankings lists).

2. There are two positions in my foundation school that are at DGHs with small (25+bed) general paeds departments (one position per year, per hospital). Do you think I would get enough out of those rotations or that it would impress the short-list decision makers that it showed a more clearly demonstrated interest on my part in paeds in that I would forgo a year at a teaching hospital just to get that one rotation? I would be forgoing a year at a teaching hospital and there is no guarantee that I (or anyone) will get a teaching hospital for F2, as we are all assigned random numbers and must choose 20 positions with no more than 6 at any one hospital! The computer decides. There is the chance that one could not get either F1 or F2 a1 at the teaching hospital - just not necessarily in paeds! I am fairly highly ranked for F1 and would definitely get the main teaching hospitals for F1, just not necessarily (or likely) paeds.

3. Would it be possible to actually do a paeds audit, poster or presentation without having a paeds rotation in F1 or first rotation in F2? How would one go about organising any of these?

4. You mention MRCPaeds exams. I didn't know a foundation level doctor could write these. Would it be do-able for an academically able (I believe I am) F1 to prepare for Part 1?

I would really appreciate your further input. I already know paeds is what I want to do. It was my favourite placement in medical school by far, and I did an SSC in paeds and I created a brochure for parents that is now used in the hospital.

Thanks!
 

meta4

New Member
you have probably already solved the job dilemma (a lot of paeds trainees didn't have a paeds house job btw), but just to let you know that you can indeed sit the MRCPCH exams as a foundation doctor. all the best :)
 

Clarkey

I have girl bits ok? :)
Being in a teaching hospital isn't necessarily all its cracked up to be. Having done tertiary paediatrics in a very specialised environment as an F2 I can pretty much guarantee would would have been allowed to do more at a DGH. Paeds F1s are often supernumerary too so you don't have much responsibility. When my friends did paeds in F1 they used to fight over the jobs, but they were in a tiny department.
 

EmmaM

New Member
Thank you all for the helpful information.

I did end up getting a paeds rotation! I will bear in mind the many tips you have all given me to ensure I have the bet chance of getting into a Paeds Specialty programme.

Thanks again, all.
 

ahliansar

New Member
Hi,
I am interested to start or join a study group for MRCPCH Part 1 exams. I am aiming for May 2016 exam. Please let me know any relevant information here.

Thanks & Regards
 
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