The Scotland East region covers the largest geographical area of any BAUS region, and serves a population of some 3 million people. It covers the eastern mainland of Scotland, numerous island groups and a significant portion of the western Scottish mainland, north of the river Clyde.
There are currently 14 trainees in the programme, which provides broad experience in all aspects of both core and subspecialty urology and an active teaching curriculum.
If you require further information, email Maeve Dooher
(BSoT rep for this region) or use her Twitter account
Placements are for one year, with a balance between district general hospitals, and teaching hospitals with tertiary subspecialty activity. The training units are shown below:
| Scotland East hospitals involved in the deanery rotation are:
| Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
Queen Margaret Hospital, Fife
| Raigmore Hospital, Inverness
Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
There are weekly teaching sessions, based at each larger centre. These are a mixture of trainee-delivered and consultant-delivered sessions. There are 10-12 training days where the trainees meet up all day and are exposed to simulation training, or didactic peer-to-peer or expert-led sessions. Viva practice for the FRCS Urol is an integral part of these events.
The position of Training Programme Director (TPD) for Scotland East Mr Ben Thomas based at Western General Hospital. If you wish to contact the TPD please click here.
All hospitals offer good exposure to core procedures (endoscopic management of bladder and prostate disease, ureteroscopic management of calculi and management of genital disease). The larger centres will provide you with exposure to more complex areas of urological surgery, such as pelvic and renal oncology, complex endourology, female urology and reconstruction, andrology and retroperitoneal diseases.
You'll have exposure to lithotripsy in Edinburgh or Aberdeen, and you'll be able to train in Scotland's first surgical robotic unit (in Aberdeen), where interested trainees are welcome to participate in its usage.
There is an active, monthly, protected, teaching programme with a mixture of trainee-delivered and consultant-delivered sessions. Additional link-ups with the Scotland West deanery occur for two national teaching days every year.
Further information awaited ...
Research and Audit
You'll be encouraged (and expected) to perform audit and research, leading to publication or presentation on a national basis. There are excellent opportunities to get involved with formal urology research programmes in Edinburgh, Dundee or Aberdeen, as well as in local departmental audits
Edinburgh has a strong history in basic science research, and has produced a number of academic urologists. Aberdeen has strong links with both the Health Services Research Unit, the EAU and the Cochrane collaborative, and many trainees are introduced to the international nature of urology by collaboration with these groups.
The teaching programme consistently scores highly in trainee surveys, and trainees do well in the FRCS Urol exam.
The Bottom Line
Scotland East offers an ideal training environment in an attractive and diverse part of the UK.
Edinburgh is a particularly beautiful, metropolitan environment, offering the benefits of many historic sites and major festivals (including The Fringe). Inverness, Dundee and Aberdeen are smaller cities with easy access to the beautiful countryside of Perthshire and the Cairngorms National Park.
The programme benefits from having access to both city centre teaching hospitals, and to large peripheral units that offer a complete range of urological training.
The programme has links to international centres of excellence which provide opportunities for out-of-programme experience (OOPE).
Click here to see contacts, hospitals and administrative information for this region
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