The RCR was present at the BMJ Careers Fair, held at the Business Design Centre in Islington on 19 and 20 October 2018. Overall, the event was well attended over the two days – with a mix of medical students and doctors of all grades and specialties from the UK and overseas. We were supported by enthusiastic trainees from both specialties and the College’s stand was busy throughout the event, with lots of interest in clinical radiology and clinical oncology.
Some visitors to our stand were already clear on their chosen path, wanting advice on how to strengthen their applications to the specialties. Our stand was visited by a flurry of what foundation doctors refer to as 'F3s' (doctors who have completed foundation training and were unsure what step to take next) wanting to find out what a career as a clinical radiologist or clinical oncologist might entail. Our trainees discussed every aspect of training and working in the specialties, from the training pathways to opportunities for research, exams and work/life balance.
We also co-hosted a seminar with the Association of Cancer Physicians entitled 'Meeting the cancer challenge: a career in oncology'. The speakers were a mix of clinical and medical oncology; trainees, academic trainees and consultants focusing on training, working and research in both clinical and medical oncology. It was a wide-ranging and informative session that gave a balanced and extensive overview of careers in oncology.
We will be continuing our efforts to increase awareness of careers in our specialties at the Royal Society of Medicine’s specialty careers fair on Friday 9 November.
We hope to be present at BMJ live, 4-5 October 2019, Olympia. The new two-day event features the BMJ Careers Fair and the BMJ Masterclasses to provide a comprehensive medical careers event and is projected to attract 1,700 medical professionals and over 75 exhibitors.