Oncology and radiology trainees from across the country got the chance to raise key questions on a range of issues with senior Officers at a special trainee ‘listening’ webinar hosted by the College. Conducted entirely remotely, trainees emailed questions in advance but also took part in interactive discussion online either through video/audio or by submitting typed questions. Answering these were RCR President Dr Nicola Strickland and Dr Jeanette Dickson, Vice-President Clinical Oncology.
Topics raised by oncology trainees ranged from rota gaps to night working and from examinations to research opportunities and fellowship posts. Clinical radiology trainees who participated were no less keen to raise pertinent issues of concern to them, asking about the future of interventional radiology, expressing concern about challenges to the
Speaking about the event Dr Strickland praised those participating for pressing the case for greater support and intervention by the College on several knotty issues: “Today’s trainees are very focused on getting the information they need and rather than point to problems, go further and contribute sound ideas and approaches. The College must ensure it does everything it can to support trainees in both Faculties by continuing to listen and respond to trainee needs and concerns. I will ensure that trainees have every opportunity to engage with and influence the work and policies of the RCR.” Dr Dickson said that it was “good to be able to engage directly with trainees and discuss the issues which matter most to them."