Supporting Clinical Academic Training in Sheffield

Events are arranged throughout the year to support the scientific development of trainees and to provide networking opportunities for trainees to meet each other and senior clinical academics.

Academic trainees have regular meetings with members of the CAT management team and there is a drop-in session every week for anyone who has concerns or would like advice.

Yorkshire and the Humber Academic Presentation Day - this usually takes place in June in York. All academic trainees (AF, ACF, CL, Out of programme researchers) are invited to attend and submit oral or poster presentations.

University of Sheffield Medical School Annual Research Meeting, held over two days June in the Octagon Centre and Students' Union Auditorium. It is open to all investigators and researchers in the early stages of their career, including all Postdoctoral Researchers, Clinical Fellows, Research Assistants, Postgraduate and BMedSci Students in the Medical School and local Trusts. Invited speakers from academia, industry, the NHS and beyond speak on that year's topic, and abstracts are invited for oral and poster presentations.

Clinical Academic Training Programme Awayday - held annually to provide information and training on themes useful to clinical academic trainees. Previous subjects have included planning the next stage of your career, leadership skills, developing mental toughness, and improving fellowship applications. The day is a mixture of workshops, talks and discussions. All clinical academic trainees are encouraged to attend.

Clinical Academic Training Programme Gala Dinner - this is held annually. Local clinical academic trainees, senior clinical academics and administrative staff who support the programme enjoy an evening of talks and networking with a meal and excellent music.

Each year in the autumn the Clinical Academic Society presents a Cheese & Wine evening as an Introduction to Academic Medicine. Informal talks from clinical academics and current trainees give information about clinical academic medicine at Sheffield for undergraduates and those considering the next step in their career. We also encourage those planning to apply for Academic Clinical Fellowships to come along and discuss research projects and life in Sheffield.

The Medical School has an extensive Think Ahead programme for researchers. The programme is a comprehensive blend of training workshops, career mentoring, and carefully selected work-based opportunities.

Most departments and groups hold regular research seminars featuring external and internal speakers. Trainees are invited to attend any that would be of interest to them. For example, the Mellanby Bone Centre holds regular Early Career Researcher Sessions. These are interactive 20-30 minute follow-up talks – with Q&A – delivered by the Mellanby Centre invited speakers. The main topic of this session is the highs and lows of the speaker’s research career – from PhD to Principal Investigator. The session is intended to give MSc, PhD and postdocs the opportunity to discuss topics such as mentoring, career path options and work-life balance, and to hear about the successes – and pitfalls – of a career in science from an early-career researcher with (or without) a tenure-track faculty position.

The Clinical Academic Society holds a regular range of educational and social events for all trainees. It is also organising a peer mentoring scheme whereby trainees can be mentored by those at the next higher stage of training.

Mentoring: there is a well established mentoring programme for Academic Clinical Fellows, who are matched with more senior clinical academics from other departments. Clinical Lecturers are encouraged to take part in the Academy of Medical Sciences' mentoring scheme.