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12 tips for developing trainee-led initiatives to promote recruitment to training in shortage specialties

Lookup NU author(s): Dr James Fisher, Dr Mark Garside


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The healthcare needs of the global population are changing, leaving many medical specialties facing ballooning demand in the context of under-filled specialty training programmes. In this paper we draw on a synthesis of existing literature and our experiences of developing a series of initiatives to tackle the challenge of recruitment to specialty training in geriatric medicine in the UK. We propose a set of strategies that can contribute to the development and success of such initiatives and commend these to healthcare professionals, both junior and senior, who are working in so-called ‘shortage’ specialities facing recruitment challenges. A common theme throughout the twelve tips is the need to empower trainees to deliver such initiatives. Trainees’ unique insight into training programmes, coupled with their burgeoning enthusiasm for their chosen specialty, ought to be harnessed, as it offers a ripe source of potential ideas and solutions to tackle recruitment problems.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Fisher J, Brock P, Saxton N, Garside M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: MedEdPublish

Year: 2017

Volume: 6

Issue: 3

Online publication date: 08/08/2017

Acceptance date: 05/08/2017

ISSN (electronic): 2312–7996

Publisher: The Association for Medical Education in Europe


DOI: 10.15694/mep.2017.000143


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