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Training Courses & Events

Details of courses and training events in Scotland and across the UK are regularly posted here, as well as other opportunities you may find of interest.  

Please see the Scottish Foundation School Policy for details on what events are added to this list.


Courses & Events



Title & Description



Leeds: 1 February 2020

Dundee: 8 February 2020

Bristol: 22 February 2020

London: 29 February 2020

RCGP Discover GP Conference

This year's conferences will explore the role of GPs as ‘changemakers’ through 4 key themes:

  1. Social and health inequalities
  2. Climate change and the environment
  3. Social prescribing and alternate modes of care
  4. Technology and the future of general practice.

 For all those wishing to attend, travel will be provided as part of their booking for the event nearest to them.

Various; see details Details

26 February 2020

RCPSYCH Management & Leadership Skills Course for Senior Trainees 

Priority for places will go to ST6s but applications from ST5s & ST4s will be accepted and held until it is known how many places are available.

Royal College of Psychiatrists, 12 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE


28 February 2020

COPMeD Careers Conference 

Workshops and talks to focus on recognising burnout, choices after Foundation, specialty exam support, the trainee voice and more.

The Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR



29 February 2020

Edinburgh Breast Cancer Special Symposium

The date of the Edinburgh Breast Cancer Special Symposium is fast approaching. This will be a fantastic 1 day event with a panel of both national and international excellent speakers.  The Symposium will offer a unique opportunity to hear world class speakers deliver their exciting, innovative and novel research all of which is relevant to our own clinical and research practices, and of prime importance, our patients.  The symposium has sessions on endocrine therapy response prediction and resistance, novel emerging biomarkers for drug and radiotherapy response, and emerging breast cancer therapeutics. A reduced registration rate (50% off) is being offered until the end of January 2020 (see flyer for promotion code). 

John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AY



March 2020

Respiratory Medicine Symposium 

This symposium is aimed at general internal medical and respiratory specialists, GPs', Doctors in training, allied health care professionals and medical students.

In this symposium we discuss assessment and management of breathlessness, management and training standards in pleural disorders including mesothelioma, optimal care pathways in airway disorders and long term non invasive ventilation in COPD. We also aim to focus on preventive aspect of respiratory medicine such as smoking cessation and early diagnosis of lung cancer.

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 11 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ


6 March 2020

The Scottish Society of Acute Pain Services - Annual Trainee Study Day 

*Highly recommend for CT/ACCS*

Topics Include - Emergency Anaesthesia, Paediatric Pain, Epidural Tips, Regional Anaesthesia Scanning Station, Elective GI Surgery & ERAS, Case Discussion & WBPA sign-off. 

Clinical Skills Suite, Lister Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary


13 March 2020

Interactive Cardiology Conference 

Always a sell-out conference, this hugely popular cardiovascular educational event provides a unique learning experience delivered in an open, supportive, enjoyable and friendly atmosphere. 

Expert chairs and cardiology opinion leaders from across the UK and Europe will present a comprehensive clinically relevant review of the latest evidence, which is shaping the rapidly changing landscape of cardiovascular medicine and the sub specialities.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow


16 March 2020

RCPCH Global Child Health Education Day

We have some fantastic, internationally renowned speakers together with practical workshop experience and best of all it is only £30! It also aims to cover some of the "hard to reach" competencies for Kaizen. These events are often held in London, so we have tried to make this one more accessible to trainees further north.

Teaching and Learning Centre, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, 1345 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 4TF



18-19 March 2020

Eating Disorders International Conference 2020

Beat and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Eating Disorders invite you to join world-renowned clinical specialists and experts by personal experience at the 2020 Eating Disorders International Conference.
Coming to Scotland for the first time, our biennial conference takes place on 18 & 19 March 2020. Join us to hear the latest in eating disorder research and explore how it can be used to improve policy and practice for people affected by eating disorders.

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow


20 March 2020

Anatomy for the FRCA

Anatomy is a subject that FRCA candidates with a certain dread.  Questions occur in all parts of the Primary or Final exams.  Many leave it for last minute cramming, and superficial knowledge soon spirals to awkward silence in the exam room! ‘Anatomy for the FRCA' is a one day, high quality course of anatomy teaching designed to best prepare candidates for the FRCA.  You will receive focused teaching on specific areas relevant to anaesthesia, using prosections and models.  Pre-course written questions are issued, then reviewed on the day followed by an OSCE and SOEs.  Sonoanatomy for regional anaethesia is also reviewed in a live scanning session.  A copy of the book, Anatomy for the FRCA, is included in the price. The course is exam-orientated, but delivered in a non-threatening learning environment and candidates at any stage of preparation for the Primary or Final FRCA are encouraged to attend. It is held in the Anatomy Department in St Andrews University School of Medicine and delivered by a faculty of experienced anaesthetists and anatomists. Places are limited, book now to maximise your chance of FRCA success!

To book, e-mail james.bowness@nhs.net. Include the following details:

- Your grade & the hospital you are based at

- Preferred contact details (phone and e-mail)

- Postal address for pre-course material

- Which exam you are working towards

Course fee: £50 for SSA members (£70 for non-members)

Anatomy Department, School of Medicine, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, KY16 9TF


23 April 2020

Renal Medicine Symposium

This symposium should be of interest to general practitioners, hospital physicians, intensivists and nephrologists as the topics have been chosen to reflect the many systemic pathologies that may impact on the kidney.

We will hear about management of acute kidney injury from the perspective of the intensivist and learn about novel therapies for hepatorenal syndrome. There will be an update on recent trials in nephrotic syndrome and on exciting new developments in the treatment of amyloidosis. Our very distinguished keynote speaker will focus on the worldwide epidemic of interstitial nephritis, which will be of particular interest to our international attendees.

Nephrology has a proud history of using information technology and national registries to collate large databases. In the age of big data, we will discuss how complex datasets may be used to improve patient care and identify novel therapeutic targets.

It is almost 60 years since the first UK live donor transplant was performed in Edinburgh. We will explore ways to expand the programme to include higher risk recipients. Finally, we will seek the holy grail and learn how Edinburgh scientists are using stem cells to grow kidneys.

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 11 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ  Details

25 April 2020

10th National Surgical Anatomy Conference

We are a National Society dedicated to the study and celebration of Anatomical Sciences. We encourage anyone with an interest in Anatomy or Surgery to submit abstracts and attend. There will be talks from eminent speakers in the fields of Surgery and Anatomy.

Gordon Museum, Guy's Campus, London Bridge, SE1 1UL Details

5 May 2020

Professionalism in Healthcare

Save the date! Register your interest via profinhealth@gmail.com.

Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow Central Station, 99 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3SF


Call for abstracts

7 May 2020

2020 Academic Foundation Programme Conference

We are pleased to announce the upcoming 2020 UKFPO Academic Foundation Programme Conference will be held 7th May 2020 at the University of Bristol. The conference will be trainee-centered and will be of interest to academically-minded medical students, Foundation trainees and any faculty or more senior colleagues who are involved with academic Foundation trainees.

Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1RJ



21-22 May 2020

DFTB Essentials: Illness and Injuries

Kickstart your paediatric emergency medicine knowledge.



21-22 May 2020

RCPE Orkney Conference 2020

All grades of medical, nursing, scientific staff, allied health professionals and medical students are most welcome.

The Pickaquoy Centre, Muddisdale Road, Kirkwall


26-27 November 2020

Neural and social networks - psychotherapy in the 21st century



Various Dates

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh - Annual Programme of Education and Events

The programme lists events from September 2019 through to December 2020. The programme of Evening Medical Updates covers the ‘Top Medical Presentations’ and the ‘Top Emergency Presentations’ as defined in the GIM curriculum. Two non-clinical updates will also be held. Evening Medical Updates are free to attend, and are also live-linked to over 140 sites across the UK and overseas.

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 11 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ


Education and Events Programme

Evening Medical Updates

Various Dates

Preparing to be a Trainer Course

This one-day course will provide foundation doctors and medical students with an overview of teaching, learning and feedback in the clinical environment.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 232 – 242 St Vincent Street, G2 5RJ


Various Dates

Royal College Advanced Certificate in Clinical Education

A two-day course covering all essential trainer prerequisites and providing learning opportunities to suit the needs of all clinical trainers from first time teachers to experienced course managers.

Glasgow - Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 232 – 242 St Vincent Street, G2 5RJ

Leeds – Weetwood Hall Hotel Training and Conference Centre, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5PS

Details - Glasgow


Details - Leeds

Various Dates

Procedural Skills for Medical Trainees 

This course will help to develop practical skills and gain knowledge in common CMT and IMT procedures. Each skills station will provide hands-on experience and this year sees the introduction of an ascitic tap station.  There are separate courses available for West of Scotland, South-East Scotland and of all other areas. 

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow


Various Dates

Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (CCrlSP)

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow are delighted to introduce the CCrISP course this year and we are now accepting applications for upcoming dates in December 2019 and February 2020. 

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow


Various Dates

Focus on Neurology for PACES Candidates

This half day course will help candidates prepare for the neurology station and potential neurology cases encountered in the MRCP(UK) PACES examination.  The course includes a mix of short lectures and practical exam stations.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 232 – 242 St Vincent Street, G2 5RJ


Various Dates

Foundation Skills in Surgery

This interactive course provides an introduction to the specific skills of early stages of surgery. It is suitable for foundation year doctors and final year medical students considering a career in surgery.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 232 – 242 St Vincent Street, G2 5RJ


Various Dates

Basic Surgical Skills

Introducing surgical trainees to safe surgical practice within a controlled workshop environment, this course teaches, assesses and certifies the ability of trainers to use safe and sound surgical techniques that are common to all forms of surgery.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 232 – 242 St Vincent Street, G2 5RJ


Various Dates

MRCS Part B OSCE Preparation Course

This accessible course prepares you for the MRCS Part B OSCE Exam. The course combines online, flexible and independent learning with classroom based scenarios. 

Golden Jubilee Research Institute, Beardmore Street, Clydebank, G81 4SA


Various Dates

Principles of Casting for Orthopaedic Trainees Course

Taught by experienced clinicians and plaster technicians, this course will provide you with skills for upper and lower body casting.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 232 – 242 St Vincent Street, G2 5RJ


Various Dates

Basic Orthopaedic Procedural Skills Course

By attending this course you will learn the principles of skin suturing, plastering, digital nerve blocks, joint aspiration, emergency fracture treatment and spinal immobilisation.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 232 – 242 St Vincent Street, G2 5RJ


Various Dates

Scottish Centre for Simulation and Clinical Human Factors (SCSCHF)

The unique value of education and training through simulation is evident to all who have experienced this methodology on both sides of the trainer and student continuum. Simulation can be used to train people and analyse processes using a systems approach, looking at: the person, the team, the task, the workplace and the organisation as a whole.

The Centre provides training for over 1000 healthcare professionals each year through a variety of courses. The centre utilises METI, Laerdal and Gaumard simulators including adults, children and babies. The simulated environment provides a realistic experience akin to clinical reality without any risk to patients, allowing healthcare professionals to rehearse management of clinical scenarios

For more information on all courses available, and booking please follow the Details link.

Clinical Simulation Centre

Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Stirling Road



International Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

Structured in conjunction with the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, the International Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Team will offer students the chance to gain a fully recognised qualification, with post graduate diploma equivalence through Glasgow Caledonian University, whilst also having the opportunity to travel to challenging locations both in the UK and Morocco.





PG Certificate in Research Methods for Health

Delivered entirely online, utilising a range of engaging and innovative teaching and assessment methods, the PgCert in Research Methods for Health will provide you with the framework and methodological skills to design effective, rigorous, ethical and relevant healthcare research projects.

N/A Details

Duty of Candour e-learning module

NHS Scotland in partnership with Care Inspectorate, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Scottish Government and Scottish Social Services Council have developed an e-learning module for relevant health and social care staff which will support organisations with implementation.

N/A Details

The London Diploma in Geriatric Medicine Course

This July we are launching the first course in London designed to prepare candidates taking the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (DGM). The course is also suitable for those not taking the examination but wish to improve their skills in managing common problems in geriatrics and frailty syndromes; the course awards 12 CPD points. 

N/A Details

Applying to Specialty Recruitment Webinars

A series of webinars have been organised to provide Foundation doctors with the information required to assist them in applying for specialty training vacancies. The following dates are available: 

            15 September 2020, 12:30 to 14:00 hours

            16 September 2020, 18:30 to 20:00 hours

            21 September 2020, 18:30 to 20:00 hours

            23 September 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 hours

            28 September 2020, 18:30 to 20:00 hours

            1 October 2020, 13:00 to 14:30 hours

N/A Register

Other items that may be of interest

Title & Description Venue Details

Are you considering a career as a Histopathologist?

The science of pathology is at the heart of every branch of medicine.  The doctors you meet in the surgery or hospital all depend on the knowledge, diagnostic skills and advice of some of the 4000 pathologists and 20,000 pathology scientists working in the UK.

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Considering a Career in Anaesthesia?

The Royal College of Anaesthetists is launching a new membership service for medical students and foundation year doctors.

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Become an Associate Member of the RCPsych for free

The RCPsych is offering free membership to students and foundation doctors that want to learn more about psychiatry as a career.

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Choose Psychiatry – it’s a discipline where you really get to know your patients

Working in Psychiatry has much to offer, and as many of our Consultants testify it is the one area where you really get to know your patients. With more Psychiatrists needed in the NHS it’s a perfect time to choose psychiatry as your career offering diversity, work-life balance and more opportunities than you might think.

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Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh | The Internal Medicine Curriculum: What I need to know

In response to the Shape of Training report (2013) the early physicianly training programme is being changed from Core Medical Training to Internal Medicine Training. The applications for Internal Medicine training occurred in November 2018 and the first trainees will commence training within the programme in August 2019. The Trainees and Members’ Committee have been involved in the development of the curriculum since its inception. Presented by Dr Anna Olsson-Brown, Chair of the Trainees and Members’ Committee, this Evening Update has been recorded and gives a thorough overview of the Internal Medicine programme highlighting the changes compared to Core Medical Training, the progression points, and assessments.

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RCEM Part-Sponsoring 2 Places on Leaders Plus Fellowship Programme

For the first time, in 2020 RCEM have decided to part-sponsor 2 individuals to complete the Leaders Plus Fellowship Programme leadersplus.org.uk. This is an award-winning programme that partners with the NHS and also other employers, e.g. BBC, HSBC and Santander. Applicants are sought from EM doctors who are also parents  - on maternity leave, shared parental leave or working in EM with children <3years old. This is open to EM Consultants, Trainees and FASSGEM doctors   -   Men and Women are equally welcome to apply.

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