Rotational Training Programme
There are 11 hospitals on the training programme and there are currently 63 funded National Training Numbers.
The Mersey Training Programme is a structured 5 year programme tailored to the Royal College of Radiologists recommendations and shaped around the examination structure within Radiology and the Royal College Syllabus for Training. The emphasis for training during the 5 year programme is as follows:
Aside from clinical attachment, there is 1 full day each week at the Mersey School of Radiology, University of Liverpool, for formal teaching. The MSR structured educational programme covers anatomy, radiological physics and radiographic techniques, and systems based pathology and scan interpretation.All trainees have access to facilities provided by the University of Liverpool with computer and library access via a student card.
A formal Ultrasound training and assessment programme runs concomitantly through the year via a partnership with the School of Health Sciences led by Mrs. Julie Bridston, Former President of the British Medical Ultrasound Society.
At the end of the year, there is a formal deanery led examination which has to be successfully cleared before starting on-call placements. Trainees are also expected to clear FRCR Part 1 Anatomy and Physics.
Years 2 and 3
Emphasis is on teaching pathological radiology integrated with anatomy and radiological techniques. Trainees are placed in specialist centers for experience in paediatric radiology, neuroradiology, oncology, cardiac imaging and nuclear medicine including PET CT etc.
There is 1 full day each week at the Mersey School of Radiology, University of Liverpool dedicated to formal teaching for year 2 trainees. In year 3 there is protected half day teaching organized at the University or base hospital. Most trainees clear FRCR 2A.
Years 4 and 5
Time is spent in subspecialty training and clearing FRCR 2B. Trainees are encouraged to produce research and present their work at major meetings.
Clinical Lecturer and Lead ST posts are available in year 5. There are local Fellowships in Paediatric Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Radionuclide Radiology, Neuroradiology, Musculoskeletal Radiology and Gastrointestinal Radiology.
Sub-specialties requiring a 6th year of training
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