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Dr Charlie Gledhill-Flynn has, in collaboration with colleagues, created a set of resources to address unmet needs of trainees starting in rheumatology.

You can find information on:

  • Podcasts (how to start and escalate DMARDS, how to treat gout)
  • eLearning (how to understand antibodies, how to interpret x-rays, how to do a disease activity score)
  • Clinic prompts (how to do a follow up consultation in a patient with inflammatory arthritis)

Charlie recently spoke at the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) ASM in Aberdeen. His presentation summarised findings of focus groups on this topic run by BSR. Along with colleague Dr Ed Appleby, Charlie reviewed transcripts of two online focus groups held in December 2021 and undertook athematic analysis. One theme that emerged strongly was of doctors feeling underprepared to start work in rheumatology. Many doctors hadn't had any further experience of the specialty since medical school.

Discussions around the types of resources that junior doctors would want were informative, with novel modes of delivery such as podcasts being popular. There were strong levels of agreement on important topics including prescribing DMARDs, doing disease activity scores and when to do and how to interpret investigations.

With support from BSR's Digital Learning Board, Charlie, Ed and colleagues set about creating the resources, which are now available to use.

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