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Internal Medicine Training (IMT) Simulation Programme

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Welcome to the new webpages for the Internal Medicine Training (IMT) Simulation programme.

The information below relates to Stage 1 IMT which is split into three training years known as IM1, IM2 and IM3.



Associate Postgraduate Dean for IMT: Dr Stephen Glen

Associate Postgraduate Dean for IMT simulation: Dr Vicky Tallentire

Training programme directors:

East: Dr Suzy Silburn

North: Dr Callum Duncan and Dr William Rutherford

South East: Dr Kerri Baker and Dr Jane Rimer

West: Dr David Carty, Dr David Wilkin, Dr Marie Freel and Dr Jose Fernandez-Montero


Overview of IMT simulation

All IMT trainees will be invited to participate in a comprehensive programme of simulation-based activity across their three year training programme, covering both technical and non-technical skills.



Between August and January of their IM1 year, all trainees will be invited to attend a three-day medical boot camp hosted by the Scottish Centre for Simulation and Clinical Human Factors in Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert. The course will be residential (for those wishing to stay, refer to Study Leave Policy and Operational Guide to ensure criteria is met) and will involve three days of intensive educational activity provided by a skilled faculty from all regions of Scotland. Some pre-course preparation will be required to facilitate ‘sign off’ of core procedural skills to the level required by the IMT curriculum in IM1. Trainees will be allocated to a boot camp by their TPD, in consultation with their local rota organiser, and contacted directly with the dates. 

Essential Bootcamp Information




Building on the learning from boot camp in IM1, trainees will be invited to attend a skills day during IM2.  For ease of access, the skills day will be delivered in two locations: Glasgow (for West and South East trainees) and Aberdeen (for North and East trainees).  The day will focus on a series of complex treatments and procedural skills listed in the Curriculum for Internal Medicine Stage 1 Training.  The day will be delivered by expert faculty from all regions and, as per IM1 boot camp, funding for all aspects of the day (including course fee, travel and subsistence) is in addition to trainees' usual study leave budget and will not impact on other claims over the course of IMT. 

Further information on the IM2 skills day will follow shortly.




It is proposed that in IM3, trainees return to a central location to undertake a ‘registrar ready’ course that integrates technical and non-technical aspects, focusing on patients with complex presentations and the specific challenges of the ‘medical registrar’ role.

The details of this course are currently being finalised; further information on IM3 will follow.



Please direct any IMT Simulation enquiries to IMTSimulation@nes.scot.nhs.uk 


Other reading/resources/websites

Scottish Centre for Simulation & Clinical Human Factors (SCSChf)

Scotland Deanery Study Leave Policy and Operational Guide 

IMT Rough Guide

Curriculum for Internal Medicine Stage 1 Training