West of Scotland Internal Medical and Core Surgical Trainees Buddy Scheme

West of Scotland Internal Medical and Core Surgical Trainees Buddy Scheme

West of Scotland Internal Medical and Core Surgical Trainees Buddy Scheme

The Buddy Scheme, established in partnership with the West Region of the Scotland Deanery aims to provide West of Scotland Internal Medical Trainees (IMT) and Core Surgical Trainees (CST) with a senior ‘Buddy’ at specialty Training (ST) 3-7 level who will be available for informal near-peer support and advice.

Three evening events for those on the buddy scheme are planned in 2019/20, focused on:

  • Peer support (September)
  • Train the trainer (February)
  • Mentorship (June)

These events are a great opportunity to learn from others and network over some food and drinks.

To join the buddy scheme, please email membernetworks@rcpsg.ac.uk stating your:

  • Full name
  • Training Grade
  • Current Hospital Location
  • Specialty or desired Specialty

You can view the full Terms of Reference for the Buddy Scheme here

Benefits for the IMT/CST

  • Having an ‘older sibling’ who can be contacted for support and advice
  • Avoid the feeling of being lost in a large training programme
  • Developing a personal sense of belonging as a WoS trainee

Benefits for the ‘Buddy’

  • Introduction to the role of educational supervisor
  • Development of coaching / leadership / management skills, supported by educational seminars at the College
  • Certificates of participation will be awarded

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