Alexandros Boukas

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  1. Leading a project / audit, leading a team in rescus / trauma, leading a team in national service (i am sure you have plenty of stories to tell), leading a trip in the jungle, leading your basketball team in highschool. Good luck!
  2. You will have to go through a lot in order to get into the system. It is what it is and is actually a quite fair system I think. NHS is completely diferrent structure than the German system. Cardiology is present in most hospitals (for primary intervention), however a lot of services are more centralised. you will have to rotate to DGHs with cardiology and larger centres to get the whole spectrum of your specialty. I dont know how often you have to rotate but you certainly are expected to (if you are a trainee). In your pre specialty training years you should expect to rotate every 4-6 months. That may be in different departments on the same hospital (ie if you do core medical training you may do cardiology and care of the elderly in the same hospital) or do them in completely diferrent hospitals that are in the same deanery (I belong to Oxord Deanery (Thames Valley health education England) and medical trainees can be in Oxford, Northampton, Stoke mandeville, Royal berkshire, Reading, High Wycombe, Swindon etc). This is the norm in most medical specialties.
  3. You need to pass MRCP (exams - difficult) in order to get into registrar post (ST3+). Quite frankly I think it is impossible to get directly into cardiology with 0 NHS experience (I mean training ST3 post in Cardiology). I would suggest to appy for core medical training (applications start soon - check RCP website / oriel website) or if you are not successful then for FY2 post. You may hopefully get some cardiology experience (ask to rotate in cardio), in those 2 years, you may manage to pass exams, do audits, publications etc and then half way through your CT2 year you apply for cardiology. This may seem a step back to you but this is the only way I can think. You seem to be a bit clueless about specialty training in UK, if you are serious about it start reading. This thread has tones of useful information. With regards to London - please see paragraph above. Your family may stay in London till you see where you will be. As a medic you should expect to work in lots of diferrent hospitals if you manage to get into specialty training (some times that means 2 hours drive from your previous hospital).
  4. 1. It is possible but a. you will struggle with the job (more responsibilities etc) and b. you compromise your application for specialty training (you apply 3 months in FY2 - this is not enough time to organise presentations audits etc) 2. No idea 3.You can do that. Again for the same reasons as above I would reccomend the whole year (this is what I have done) 4. I am not up to date with that. There is new national junior doctors contract that has ben rolled out recently. Traditionally you dont getpaid much as FY1. If BMA says is 26000 then it must be right 5. Audits, presentations in conferences, write papers, teaching staff, show leadership / managerial qualities. 6. Most of the people I know did LAS FY1s (LAT FY1s are rare). Most of them were treated equally: provision of educational / clinical supervisor, online portfolio, mentorship, and some of them even study leave (most FY1s - even training ones dont have study leave apart from preagreed courses that they have to do - including ALS). No one will look if you are in training position or not in the application / interviews for specialty training. they will mark your application based on your CV (see achievements above) and your performance in the interviews. PS. I keep advising that you need to FY1 (to all new doctors /potential UK migrants). and most of you say the same thing..why? can I avoid it etc?. Fy1 has nothing to do with last year of med school. Its a difficult job and you get lots of experience. If you want to bypass the system and go without it - good luck - but dont ask me again and again if that is OK. I cant predict the future and you can make your own decisions. (rant over)
  5. 1. As fas as i know if you apply for through the foundation programme then you will do FY1&FY2. It is irrelevant that you will have full registration (since you have qualified from Greece). That doesnt exlude you from working as FY1 (I have as well). British medical school graduates when they qualify have only provisional registration with GMC and they have to pass FY1 in order to get full registration 2. ALS / ATLS are not educational achievements. Higher degrees are (MSc, PhD etc) 3. You can try to be involved in clinical research - but this is very difficult during foundation programme. This is quite difficult to achieve. You need to find the right people, find a project etc. Try to get rid of the greek mentality "I can combine basic research and clinical practice". If you are full time clinician you just cant. Part time phD means in UK 6-7 years. You really want that? I can reassure you nothing has changed in NHS because of Brexit. A lot of things have changed but not because of Brexit. And noone knows how things will be once it is official.
  6. 1. You will be ineligible and your application will not be considered. 2. This is for the 2 year foundation programme as a whole. A few years ago there were still stand alone training FY1 and / or FY2 posts (LATs) that are advertised as well. I am not sure whether they still exist but I would be really surprised if they dont given the low morale amongst British junior doctors these days (they take years off / go to Australia etc) 3. UKFP always planned way ahead. I applied for standalone LAT FY1 and FY2 posts.
  7. Stay calm. Ask for help. try to study. Read your trusts guidelines. Do the basic course (ALS etc) early. You are not there to diagnose autoimmune encephalitis - you are there to keep patients safe, do the paperwork, learn the basics as a doctor. Everyday work towards your portfolio / CV: Teaching, audit, exams, papers are the magic words. try to have fun and socialise. British doctors are easy going. Come to UK asap and shadow the FY2 who is doing the work now! It can be immensly helpful!
  8. Oxford foundation for the logistics and paperwork etc. Then I would have the oxford book of clinical medicine in hand. After that it depends on the specialties you will be doing.
  9. βιβλιογραφία πανω σε τι?
  10. There is no point in asking generic questions about your strengths and your amazing CV and whether this will be enough to be successful in UK. There is only one way of finding out: To come and give it a try. We have talked many times about which specialties are extremely competitive, which are OK and which are like a walk in the park. But even those which are not competitive you cannot tell whether you will be successful or not unless you try. You may hate NHS, the weather, your boyfriend / girlfriend who is not around whatever. If you want advice how to succeed - more than happy to help (to the best of my knowledge) If you ask me if you succeed or not - I have no clue. My answer to @BarryHarry was sarcastic (sorry mate - I hope no herd feelings I hope). You get that if you stay in UK too long.
  11. Since you asked with brevity I will answer laconic as well. No
  12. Welcome! Κοντα σε Λονδίνο και Οξφόρδη. Δοκίμασε να κανεις ρεφεραλ σε νευροχειρουργους και ποτε δε ξερεις ποιος τα απαντήσει το μπλιπ...
  13. Amy welcome. You dont need a year in a g r o t i k o if you have made your mind to come and chase your dream here. Situational judgement test is new in NS national selection - it may carry on it may not. Focus on getting points before you qualify. Presentations / Publication / Research / prizes / audit / Teaching are the magic words. Academic Foundation are really competitive and are filled by british graduates very quickly. very unlikely to manage to get into one. Good luck!
  14. I am sorry but the fact that you had poor supervision / mentorship doesnt mean that anyone should feel sorry about you. You picked up your supervisors, you accepted to do the PhD. When you signed up to do a PhD, you signed up to study and work hard and gain new skills (one of which is actually writing scientific papers). Another skill that you would have expected to gain is statistics and guess what - most PhD students do not hire statisticians to do the maths for them. Cutting cornerns and posting a advert that you are willing to pay for someone else to do the work that normally takes about a year to do for the average PhD student is unethical and simply wrong. Disclosures: I do not have a PhD. But I know how PhDs are "given" in Greece. And this is another reason that we deserve m n i m o n i a until hell freezes.