Mountain Medicine Fellowship - Applications Opening Soon!



Posted by Jeremy Windsor on May 02, 2019

We are delighted to announce that applications for the 2019 Clinical Fellows in Anaesthetics, Critical Care and Mountain Medicine at Chesterfield Royal Hospital will open in the next few days. Details of how to apply will be posted very soon!

The fellowship is for two years and successful applicants will undertake clinical responsibilities in anaesthetics and critical care. Chesterfield Royal Hospital is a busy district general hospital that serves more than 400,000 people in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. The hospital has 12 operating theatres and a 15 bedded critical care unit.

These posts do not have a training number.

Fellows with anaesthetic experience will join either the critical care or obstetric anaesthetics rota (both 1 in 8). Those new to the speciality will undergo 3 months supernumerary training before joining the general anaesthetic rota (1 in 8). 

The mountain medicine component of the fellowship will focus upon completing of the Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM) or other similar Diploma course. Course fees will be paid and study leave guaranteed. The commitment to the DiMM should not be underestimated. A considerable amount of commitment will be needed to complete the qualification in the 2 year time frame of the fellowship. 

Here's an account of what studying for the DiMM is like.

Those who have partially completed the Diploma will still be able to apply for the fellowship and receive study leave and course fees for the remainder of their outstanding course.

Appointments will not be made unless the applicant has been accepted on the DiMM or similar Diploma course.

During the 2 year post applicants will be encouraged to practise, teach and research in the field of mountain medicine. The nature of this involvement will vary depending upon the skills, enthusiasm and preferences of the appointee. We are happy to discuss this prior to appointment.

Here's an account of Dr Abbi Forsyth's first three months as a fellow.

This post is open to all those who have completed foundation training (or equivalent). In particular, those who have been considering the DiMM and a potential career in anaesthetics, emergency or acute medicine are encouraged to apply. Those with anaesthetic experience will have an advantage but this should not rule out those who are new to the speciality! 

Fellows who are new to anaesthetics and critical care will be expected to start in November or May. Those with experience can start at any time during the year. The first DiMM residential module is in December and fellows should be in post by then. Overseas doctors will need to ensure that they are able to practise in a registered capacity in the UK and have completed the equivalent of foundation training.

These posts will best suit doctors who want to live and play in the Peak District, are keen to obtain the DiMM and most importantly, want to develop experience and skills in anaesthetics and critical care.

Please get in touch if you have any questions.


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