The award-winning research project was designed as a national questionnaire directed to all OMFS trainees across the country, which assessed several aspects related to education and training in skin cancer. Over 60 trainees took part in the survey, and the results have shown that there are areas for education and training that can be improved on for those involved in treating the disease. The project took a year to collate and present the data, and has had a significant impact on future training, with educational authorities understanding the speciality curriculum requirements which will help OMFS trainees to provide the best treatment for their patients.
Aitor undertook the project alongside his supervisor, Mr Colin Johnson, who is a Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at the Trust.
Upon hearing the news of his award, Aitor said:
“I feel great! I am extremely honoured to have been given this award and I feel that it is a great recognition to the hard work that I put in constantly as a speciality trainee. Mr Johnson as a supervising Consultant was key in overlooking the process and the whole skin service at ELHT provided the framework, which triggered the need to conduct such a project with an aim to improve skin cancer care to our patients overall”.
Aitor will attend the BAOMS virtual award ceremony in December to receive his prize.
BMJ Case Reports is an award winning journal that delivers a focused, peer-reviewed, valuable collection of cases in all disciplines so that healthcare professionals, researchers and others can easily find clinically important information on common and rare conditions.
This is the largest single collection of case reports online, with more than 18,900 case reports from 119 countries.
Find out how write and publish a case report here.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get your Fellowship number.
Please contact Karen Gosling if you require an invitation to the Teams meeting either on Ext 83233 or via email email@example.com
Using IT to assist in teaching with social distancing
Dr Christine Clark, Workforce Transformation Educator
Advanced Life Support Courses (ALS) are part of the lives of most clinicians. It is one of the ways we learn and practice the skills required to support deteriorating patients and those in cardiac arrest. The majority of the teaching is scenario based in small groups. This of course has been a challenge as we start to return to “normal”. The requirement for our foundation doctors to have the qualification still stands and we have had to cancel two courses during the pandemic.
Stuart Warburton and Jenna Kenny from the CAST team put a huge amount of work in setting up the course for two groups of 4 ensuring that social distancing could be managed as much as possible by setting up two rooms on the former ward 6. Candidates were given gloves and masks and I took on the role of Medical Director via Teams. Stuart and Jenna did the hard work of running the face to face teaching.
We had a couple of hiccups, but nothing we couldn’t deal with and there were definite advantages to being there in a virtual capacity:
On the courses we have run so far we have had an excellent pass rate, and despite my initial reservations I feel that this is the future.
A huge thank you is due to Stuart and Jenna for the work they have put in. The teaching is usually split between 2 faculty members per group, and they have taught every session.
Picture above. ELHT Advanced Life Support Faculty, from L to R Stuart Warburton, Chris Clark ( on screen) and Jenna Kenny