Leicester FCEM Course Held in Rotherham, Continues To Be Very Successful

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The Leicester FCEM Course of Spring 2012 took place on 14-15 April 2012 at Rotherham Hospital.

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The Leicester FCEM Course ( http://www.LeicesterFCEM.com ) of Spring 2012 took place on 14th & 15th April 2012 in the Postgraduate Medical Education Centre at Rotherham Hospital. The Leicester FCEM Course is an examination preparation course for senior Emergency Medicine trainees who are sitting the College of Emergency Medicine's Fellowship examination (FCEM) to gain specialist recognition as Emergency Physicians.

Over the 2 days, the course involved 36 OSCE stations, 4 rounds of CTR vivas, 4 rounds of Management vivas, 21 candidates, 16 faculty members, 16 actors, 1 skills instructor, and 3 corporate sponsors.

Some candidates were local to the Midlands and South Yorkshire, with others travelling to Rotherham from as far afield as Aberdeen, Bristol and Ireland. The faculty members included consultants and senior trainees from Leicester, Kettering, Mansfield, Rotherham, Sheffield, Kingston-Upon-Hull and Harlow.

In addition to the face-to-face instruction on the OSCE Day and the Viva Day in April 2012, candidates were given individual advice on their Clinical Topic Reviews (CTRs) prior to CTR submission in December 2011. Candidates also benefited from written Short Answer Question (SAQ) and Critical Appraisal (CA) components in March 2012 before the College of Emergency Medicine’s written exams.

Dr Mandar Marathe is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Leicester Royal Infirmary, and is the Course Director. He said, "The FCEM examination is one of the most challenging postgraduate medical examinations. Being a good Emergency Physician is only part of the story. Candidates must understand exactly what is being tested, and how to demonstrate the skills, qualities and attributes that are being scrutinised, in order to be successful at the FCEM examination."

Dr Steven How is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Rotherham Hospital, and is the Course Organiser. He said, "This is the only FCEM course which covers all 5 components of the FCEM exam as well as offering candidates a comprehensive review of their CTR prior to the submission deadline. Demand for a place on our FCEM course continues to outstrip our capacity to provide this vital training in examination technique that all candidates need. We are continuing to explore new ways to increase the number of places available on our FCEM training courses during 2012."

Judging from the candidate feedback, the course was a tremendous success. Photos from the course are available at http://on.fb.me/fcem-2012

The course organisers – Dr Mandar Marathe (Leicester Royal Infirmary), Dr Steven How (Rotherham Hospital), Dr Chris Yap (Northern General Hospital, Sheffield) & Dr Roger Dalton (Northern General Hospital, Sheffield) – would like to thank all the actors and faculty for their positive support in making the course a success.

The next course will be in Autumn 2012, in preparation for the Autumn 2012 diet of the FCEM exam. Candidates should contact info@LeicesterFCEM.com to register their interest in a place on the course.

Notes for Editors

Emergency Medicine is the medical specialty in which doctors care for patients with acute illnesses or injuries which require immediate medical attention. In the United Kingdom, the postgraduate training in Emergency Medicine consists of 2 years of general professional training after leaving medical school, followed by 3 years of training in acute specialities, and then 3-4 years of specialist training in Emergency Medicine.

The training programme culminates in the examination for Fellowship of the College of Emergency Medicine (FCEM) and the award of the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Emergency Medicine. Doctors are then eligible to be listed on the General Medical Council's Specialist Register, and to work as consultants in hospital Emergency Departments.

The Leicester FCEM Course is a training course designed to help FCEM candidates gain the skills and examination technique required to pass the FCEM exam. Course dates, fees and further information is available at http://www.LeicesterFCEM.com

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