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Rheumatology training in Poland vs. United Kingdom

Karina Lazarewicz, Hector Chinoy

Reumatologia 2017; 55, 3: 120–124
When evaluating the quality of Rheumatology specialty training, it can be useful to explore similarities and differences between countries. In this article we compare the training in the UK and Poland.

The two training programmes are similar in length and in the competencies that must be achieved, although they do have significant differences in the way the training is structured. The UK-based system is more out-patient based, which can be advantageous, as after completion of training the doctor is more confident in treating common rheumatological problems.

On the other hand, having exposure to paediatric rheumatology and orthopaedics like one has in Polish-based training, despite a short placement time, is definitely beneficial for the trainee in gaining all-round knowledge.

In conclusion, each system has its merits and can be further enhanced by observing how junior doctors are sub-speciality trained in different countries.

education, rheumatology training, United Kingdom vs Poland

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