Trainees' Committee

The role of the trainees' committee is to inform and advise the College on key issues which directly impact on trainees, and to contribute to discussions and activities around all aspects of College life.

The trainees' committee is strong and proactive with a motivated membership drawn from all grades across the specialty spectrum. Committee members work hard to engage with a multitude of bodies, committees and individuals in order to promote trainees' interests across a wide range of issues and domains.

Joining the trainees' committee is a great opportunity to become actively involved in the College and to help shape the future of medicine.


Areas of activity

The committee has made significant contributions to a number of areas, most recently including:

  • Improving awareness and accessibility for Less than Full Time Training
  • Creating a West of Scotland ‘Buddy Scheme’ for Near-Peer trainee support
  • Ongoing engagement with the BMA Scottish Junior Doctors' Committee and the Scottish, and UK, Academy of Trainee Doctors' Group

Members and meetings

The trainees' committee is comprised of medical students, foundation doctors and medical and surgical trainees covering all stages of training, including those not currently within a training programme.

The committee meets four times a year at the College and is often joined by the President or Vice-Presidents, and senior representatives from our Education, Training and Professional Development, and Membership Services departments.

If you are interested in joining the trainees' committee please contact traineecommittee@rcpsg.ac.uk

Jennifer Cathcart

Chair

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Lisa Ishak

Chair

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Kaitlin Mayne

Vice Chair

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Jennifer Tham

Secretary

Johannes Abraham Spoor

Secretary

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Sarika Nalagatla

Ordinary Member

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Rebecca McCall

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Fraser Goldie

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Michael Helley

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Eric Yii

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Carly Bisset

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Linda Provan

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Tee Lin Goh

Ordinary Member

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Cameron Boyle

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Antoni Gardener

Ordinary Member

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Mhairi Mactier

Ordinary Member

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Alexander Farrow

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Manish Kar

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Nadia Capaldi

Ordinary Member

Jennifer Cathcart

Jennifer is a gastroenterology trainee currently working in the North of Scotland. She graduated from the University of Dundee in 2014. There she undertook her foundation training and following this she spent a year working in Kagando Hospital, in a rural part of Uganda.For the next three years, Jennifer spent this working in hospitals across Glasgow before moving to Aberdeen. She was a member of the Trainees’ Committee before taking on her new role. On becoming Co-Chair (Physician), Jennifer said: “I am keen to faithfully represent trainees across Scotland and the UK. I hope to help resolve trainee issues and improve trainee satisfaction. I additionally want to promote the global nature of the College.

Lisa Ishak

University of St Andrews and University of Glasgow Medical School Graduate; Current Core Surgical Trainee; Future Plastic Surgery Speciality Trainee. Qualifications: MRCS, MBChB, BSc (Hons), PgDip. Ongoing: PgCert surgery, PgCert in training. Teaching: Honorary clinical lecturer UoG. RCPSG roles: Surgical co-chair on RCPSG trainee committee; member of education and wellbeing subgroups on RCPSG trainee committee.

Kaitlin Mayne

Renal/General Internal Medicine trainee in the West of Scotland, going out of programme from August 2021 for a 3 year research post working on renal clinical trials at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, Oxford. Vice Chair of the Trainees' Committee and chair of the Wellbeing subgroup 2020-22.

Johannes Abraham Spoor

I'm an IMT3 trainee aiming to specialize in gastroenterology.

Sarika Nalagatla

I am a Urology Specialist Registrar in the West of Scotland. I joined the RCPSG Trainee Committee in 2018. My previous roles include the RCPSG Trainee Committee Secretary and ASiT representative. I have recently joined the RCPSG Surgical Education Board as the Trainee representative. I am also the BAUS Section of Trainees (BSoT) Oncology and West of Scotland Representative.

Rebecca Mccall

My name is Rebecca and I am currently an IMT2 trainee based in the West of Scotland.

Fraser Goldie

After graduating from University of Glasgow in 2014, I completed Foundation and Core Medical training in the West of Scotland. Between FY2 and CMT1, I worked as a Basic Physician Trainee in Melbourne, Australia. I currently work as a Cardiology Fellow at Golden Jubilee National Hospital. From August 2021, I will begin Cardiology specialty training in the West of Scotland deanery.

Michael Helley

I am a Core Surgical Trainee (CST2) in the West of Scotland currently rotating in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in University Hospital Crosshouse. I grew up in the West of Scotland and completed my Undergraduate years in St Andrew's and Glasgow with a little research sandwiched in between. I love the sea and the countryside and moving back down the Shire to Undergo core training has offered great opportunity to reconnect with a peaceful environment. I hope one day to become a Neurosurgical Trainee and I am interested in the management of poly-trauma in an era of ever increasing super-specialisation.

Carly Bisset

I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014, and completed my foundation training and core surgical training programmes in the West of Scotland. I am currently an out of programme research fellow with the University of Aberdeen (PhD in Medical Education) and am a West of Scotland General Surgery Specialty Trainee, interested in pursuing a career in Coloproctology (ST4). My PhD research is investigating the role of surgeon personality on anastomotic decision-making. My research interests include patient reported outcome measures, qualitative research and heuristics in surgical decision-making.

Linda Provan

I am currently an IMT2 working in the West of Scotland. I am a member of the communications and education subgroups.

Tee Lin Goh

I am a junior doctor working in Dumfries. I am going to start my Internal Medicine Training (IMT) this year and I am motivated to be a good physician in the future.

Cameron Boyle

Although born and bred in Scotland, I travelled south to study at the University of Exeter when I completed my medical degree and also intercalated gaining a masters in clinical education. I moved back up to Scotland to complete foundation training. I will be commencing urology run through training in West of Scotland from August 2021, with my ST1 based in the Glasgow Royal and Queen Elizabeth.

Antoni Gardener

My name is Antoni Gardener and I am currently an FY1 doctor in the Isle of Wight NHS Trust. I moved to the UK from Poland in 2013 to complete my BSc in biochemistry at UCL, after which I completed the graduate-entry medical degree at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. I am currently a member of the Main Trainee's Committee. In addition, I am also currently the Associate Principal Investigator for the RECOVERY Trial here on the Isle of Wight. I joined the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow to apply for courses relevant to core surgical training applications and to have access to the wide range of resources that have been very useful in supplementing my foundation year training.

Mhairi Mactier

I am currently an ST3 in General Surgery with a specialist interest in Breast Surgery. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors (mixture of running, hiking & cycling) and cooking some delicious food to refuel afterwards.

Alexander Farrow

IMT trainee in west of Scotland (Paisley / Glasgow) currently IMY1. Completed foundation training Glasgow city followed by clinical fellow year in microbiology.

Manish Kar

IMT Trainee, North of Scotland Deanery.

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