Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Written by Dr Ilias Giarenis, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG Tutor)

What inspired you to take the role?

I have been a Consultant in NNUH since 2015, but as a local trainee I have been part of the region since 2005. I worked in Norwich as a trainee for 2 years and was thrilled to be back as a Consultant.

Throughout my career I have enjoyed educating a variety of learners, including junior doctors, medical students (King’s College London, University of East Anglia and University of Cambridge), nurses, midwives and my peers. My desire to provide excellent training inspired me to take the College Tutor role in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

What new teaching developments /programmes running or intending to?

We are involved in simulation programmes in obstetrics and gynaecology. Our department has been established as centre of excellence in human factors training.

Synopsis of the department?

Norfolk and Norwich is a large teaching hospital. Our Maternity Unit deals with approximately 5,700 deliveries annually, and a bed throughput of 4,500 patients for the Gynaecology beds. The department has 25 Consultants with expertise in endometriosis, fetal-maternal medicine, minimal access surgery, gynaecological oncology and urogynaecology. Our services have been accredited by the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy, British Society of Urogynaecology (BSUG), European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO) and European Urogynaecology Association (EUGA).

What it has to offer?

We take great pride in providing excellent training across all areas of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. By working with us you will be able to complete the vast majority of the competencies of the core curriculum. We also provide almost all the Advanced Training Skills Modules (ATSMs).

What are the advantages of trainees coming to us?

There is a two tier registrar (Senior and Junior) on call rota and with Consultants providing great support to both tiers of registrars. Our unit is very supportive to ST2’s who are looking at acquiring skills to progress to ST3. An ethos of teaching and training is embedded within the department and we are trying to see every case as an educational opportunity.

Most of our junior trainees request to come as senior trainees having enjoyed working in this very supportive and friendly environment.Our last five consultant appointees were also our own trainees, which testifies that our trainees like to stay in our department forever!

What extra can we offer?

Motivated trainees can be involved in research projects. Through our collaboration with the University of East Anglia (UEA) and St. George’s University our trainees will have the opportunity to deliver teaching sessions to undergraduates. Our registrars can get exposure to surgical subspecialties before they decide to apply for one of our established recognised fellowships (Gynae Oncology, Endometriosis and Urogynaecology).

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