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Virtual Journal Club

We are pleased to launch a new fortnightly Virtual Journal Club, run by trainees but open to anyone and everyone in the North Central and East London Schools of Anaesthesia. The first meeting will be on Monday 12th July at 8pm.

Our aim is to provide a platform to discuss new and interesting papers in anaesthesia across a range of grades and experiences. This isn’t geared towards exams, but is purely an opportunity to learn for the sake of learning and to try and keep up with developing knowledge in the specialty and improve critical analysis skills.We invite everyone to choose and to present recent (or not-so-recent) papers that would be of interest. Please email Imogen with your suggestions, email address below.

Meetings are limited to an hour in length and will be held via MS Teams. They will be held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 8-9pm.

Links to the articles will be uploaded to this website and Twitter the Friday before the meeting.

The first three meetings are:

12/07/2021 8pm Effect of the use of endotracheal tube and stylet versus endotracheal tube alone – Stylet in or style it out? Presented by Dr Mei Hoe

26/07/2021 8pm Effect of cricoid pressure compared with a sham procedure in RSI – Should we take the pressure off? Presented by Dr Imogen Glover

09/08/2021 8pm
Topic and speaker TBC

We look forward to seeing you all next week for an exciting first virtual journal club! If you would like to present at any future events please email imogen.glover@nhs.net.

Rotation spreadsheet update

We are pleased to announce a major change in the spreadsheets that are used by the Training Programme Directors in the School. These changes will make it easier for the TPDs to manage the needs of individual trainees, especially those of you that are working flexibly.

If you are logged in to the website you should be able to see your individual rotations from the rotations page. If you cannot find yourself, or if no rotations are showing for you, then please let me know asap using the Contact me link on my website profile. Could you also let me know if any unexpected changes to your rotation, or your completion date, have appeared.

Constraints in the old version made it difficult to manage part-time and flexible trainees. The new design makes it easy to unpick the slightly clumsy pairing system that was previously in use. Those of you that train flexibly for just a section of your rotation may see this displayed as two separate but consecutive pathways.

Our School prides itself that we do not offer fixed training pathways, based on a slightly spurious ranking system, and instead we offer individually-tailored rotations that reflect individual needs and requirements. As we move into the new curriculum, with 2+5 changing to 3+4, we are likely to see a need for greater flexibility at Core/ACCS level because of the inevitable lifestyle and personal issues that arise over a longer time period. This new spreadsheet should make it easier to incorporate these changes.

The spreadsheet we use was originally designed in 2003, using Excel 2003 and VBA. It has lasted far longer than I anticipated and has been well overdue for a rewrite. For those of you that are interested then this video describes the software and how it is used.

Richard Marks
Royal Free Hospital

Welcome to the New School Website

On Sunday 14th October the School launched its new website. This is the third version of the site – the first was written in 2004. A survey of users carried out in 2016 told us what people needed from the website and those views have been carefully taken into account. Some key features and improvements … Read more