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Diabetes and Endocrinology is a fascinating
and rewarding career; the options and professional rewards are
likely to improve significantly in the future.
Looking after patients with diabetes is a
delight, enabling long term relationships to develop. With
Primary Care stepping up to manage the majority of patients without
complications in Type II Diabetes, Consultants will be able to
focus on intensive insulin therapy and medical issues. The
requirement for intensive insulin, pumps and continued glucose
monitoring as well as new therapies will make it an increasingly
rewarding and challenging career.
Endocrinology is an ideal foil to diabetes
where the majority of conditions are fascinating, protocols are
logical and without exception, outcomes are excellent.
The training programme in Wessex has always
been highly regarded with a very good record of placing Consultants
in ideal jobs. The rotation will involve three years in the
district hospitals and one year in Southampton. The experience
gained in each hospital is unique and genuinely builds with each
centre giving different experience and options. In the first year
you will be expected to step up to the role of Registrar to learn
leadership and understand the management of a Diabetes and
Endocrine firm in a District General Hospital.
Diabetes experience is exceptional in areas
of the region with many leaders in intensive insulin therapy and
education. Bournemouth is a leading light in intensive insulin
therapy. This experience is also gained in Winchester, Basingstoke,
Dorset, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth. In all areas there is
absolutely excellent diabetes care with well organised
centres. Whilst they do things differently they all bring
Throughout the time of training you will be
exposed to endocrinology. In Southampton your endocrine
experience will be consolidated usually in the fourth year. There
are plenty of opportunities in Southampton to do specialist
clinics, and this is a regional endocrine / surgical unit with many
patients being seen with rare tumours, specialised neuroendocrine
clinics, regional pituitary surgery, regional paediatric services,
infertility services as well as general endocrinology. Portsmouth
is a large centre where further opportunity to consolidate
endocrine experience and practice is available.
Research is a feature of the region with
opportunities for research in many centres. We would
encourage you to think about the development of your career and
timings, the direction and focus of your own intended Consultant
career and to think early about getting involved in research.
Opportunities exist in many of the centres and you should discuss
these at an early stage with Professor Mike Cumming, Professor
David Kerr or Professor Christopher Byrne. The majority of research
opportunities exist in the field of diabetes. There is a limited
opportunity for endocrine research with Professor Richard Holt.
As well as the teaching at each centre,
there is a monthly all day Friday meeting centred at Salisbury. The
first of these will be an induction day with the opportunities to
discuss how you should take advantage of the training opportunities
as you move around and how to develop your CV and prepare for your
Wessex Endocrine Trainees
Forum has been designed to cater primarily for the
training and information needs of endocrine trainees in the region.
It also provides details regarding the training and research
opportunities in the region.
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