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Student mentoring weekend, January 2013

In support of its goal of developing the workforce of the future, Arthritis Research UK hosted its second successful mentoring weekend for previous recipients of its medical student prizes, student electives and studentships.

Eighteen students and junior doctors from all over the UK attended the event in Manchester on 25–27 January 2013, supported by five clinical mentors from rheumatology, orthopaedics and general practice with expertise in education, research and treating patients with musculoskeletal disease. Four of the students from last year’s event were also invited along, this time to be part of the mentoring team.

On the first day students were given the opportunity to practise examination of the musculoskeletal system and then were able to teach their peers and give feedback. This was followed by a session on musculoskeletal ultrasound from Dr Marwan Bukhari.

The afternoon involved a visit to the Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit at The University of Manchester, where Professor Anne Barton gave a tour of the lab, and two of her PhD students gave talks on their work. This was followed by an inspiring lecture from Professor Barton on rheumatoid arthritis and its genetic susceptibility and clinical applications.

On the second day there was a ‘Rheumatology Challenge’ quiz, hosted by Dr Mark Lillicrap and Dr Chandini Rao. The level of knowledge on arthritis and musculoskeletal disease displayed by the participants was exceptional. The contest was won narrowly by the team from the London based medical schools.

Finally, all the participants and mentors were involved in a discussion on careers in musculoskeletal disease, with the opportunity to talk to the mentors on a one-to-one basis.

Feedback on the event was excellent, with attendees really appreciating the expert teaching and career advice. Comments included:

“I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and learned many useful skills. This puts me ahead of many of my peers”

“I enjoyed the career talk, truly inspirational, now I have a clearer idea of what I want to do”

“I especially loved the one-to-one sessions and feel I better know what it may be like for me to be a rheumatologist, thank you very much”

“I particularly enjoyed the lecture by Anne Barton, very inspirational”

It’s hoped that the attendees will now contribute to charity activities and establish their own learning groups to help students and junior doctors develop their musculoskeletal examination skills.

The event was once again a success and we hope to continue to help in the development of enthusiastic doctors in training who will potentially be our clinical, research and education leaders of the future. Plans for next year’s event include spotlight sessions on orthopaedics and sports medicine, more practical workshops, including the use of arthroscopy equipment, and looking at theorist vs. activist learning styles.

Many thanks to all the mentors and speakers who took part:

Dr Marwan Bukhari, Consultant Rheumatologist, University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Liverpool

Dr Inam Haq, Associate Medical Director for Education, Arthritis Research UK and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Dr Mark Lillicrap, Consultant Rheumatologist, Addenbrookes Hospital and Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Associate Clinical Dean, Cambridge Medical School

Dr Tom Margham, Lead for Primary Care, Arthritis Research UK and General Practitioner, East London

Dr Chandini Rao, Consultant Rheumatologist, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals and Honorary Lecturer, University of Liverpool

Professor Anne Barton, Professor of Rheumatology, The University of Manchester and Honorary Consultant in Rheumatology, Central Manchester Foundation Trust

Mr Shyam Kumar, Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Karl Alvarez, Foundation Year 1 Doctor, Southampton University Teaching Hospital

Dr Lucy Joslin, Foundation Year 2 Doctor, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Alexander Oldroyd, Academic Foundation Doctor, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire

Dr Sarah Donaldson, Foundation Year 1 Doctor, Harrogate District Hospital

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