It’s been three months since I started at Chesterfield Hospital as one of the inaugural clinical fellows in Anaesthetics, Critical Care and Mountain Medicine so I thought it worthwhile to summarise what I’ve been up to in that time. These 24 month long posts incorporate a full time clinical post in anaesthetics/critical care with a course fees for the RCSEd Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM) and guaranteed study leave.
I started as a junior doctor just out of F2 and although I’ve done my fair share of mountaineering based activities in the past, my anaesthetics experience was limited to medical school electives and foundation year taster weeks. Therefore, these past couple of months has been a massive learning curve as I master the basics of anaesthetics.
As with any new trainee I have spent this time undergoing my Initial Assessment of Competence (IAC) in Anaesthetics and I am now on the anaesthetics first on call rota, a daunting yet exciting prospect.
It hasn’t all been about hospital work, the first residential week for the Mountain Medicine Diploma (DiMM) took place at Plas Y Brenin in North Wales in December and was a fantastic opportunity to meet like minded medics and bind over a shared passion, not to mention the opportunity to be taught and lectured by people at the very forefront on Mountain Medicine not only in the UK but globally as well.
Its not all been work and study though, I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to live within the Peak District National Park with the amazing landscape, quite literally, on my doorstep! As someone who has been based in Norfolk for the past 8 years, this is somewhat of a novelty and was a hugely important factor when deciding to take this job.
So, what next for me? Well, as mentioned above, I now started on the Anaesthetics first on call rota, Module 2 for the DiMM takes place in Scotland in March and I’m continuing my involvement in event medicine for Ultra-Endurance events with planning for the medical/safety cover ongoing for various events throughout this year, including the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race . This job is also starting to open up all sorts of doors I would never have thought possible, to being invited to teach on mountain medicine courses and write editorials for academic journals, I am very grateful to have been offered this opportunity and I look forward to seeing where the future lies!