The main postgraduate activities take place on a Wednesday afternoon. These are largely held in Leeds (usually at Chapel Allerton Hospital) but six times a year we rotate out to one of the surrounding hospitals for a regional round. These visits are usually excellent value where a lot of interesting cases are presented.
The content of the postgraduate afternoon follows the Rheumatology training curriculum so that over a two year period most areas of the curriculum are covered. The afternoon begins with an x-ray meeting at 2pm in the X-ray department, CAH (and some peripheral teams use this as their main Rheumatology meeting, bringing films on disc) which is followed by either a clinical theme or research update with journal club, beginning at 2.30 pm in the Seminar Room, Second floor, Musculoskeletal Offices, CAH.
Regional rounds continue 2 monthly and start earlier (1.00pm). The inclusion of audit and mortality reviews are encouraged in these afternoons.
The weekly Wednesday programme include:
Topic teaching: often involve one or more invited speakers.
Research updates: may involve discussing work already performed or plans for future research. Relevant new research published in the area are covered where applicable to the general audience.
Journal Clubs: The choice of articles (usually two) are selected by the consultant. The registrar identified for journal club is responsible for reviewing and critically appraising the articles, usually chosen from the NEJM, BMJ, Lancet, or the rheumatology journals.
To encourage continued high standards, prizes are available at the end of the year! Trainees will be given a score each time a presentation is done and the decision will be based on this mark. Immediate feedback to the trainees is encouraged by those scoring.