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OOPR: how to succeed (Sabbaticals are another days discussion!). Michael Bannon Postgraduate Dean, Oxford. Scenario. Trainee A ST Gastroenterology 2008: Takes year OOPR to undertake specific piece of departmental research 2009: Allowed further year of OOPR to complete MD

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oopr how to succeed sabbaticals are another days discussion

OOPR: how to succeed(Sabbaticals are another days discussion!)

Michael Bannon

Postgraduate Dean, Oxford

scenario
Scenario
  • Trainee A ST Gastroenterology
  • 2008: Takes year OOPR to undertake specific piece of departmental research
  • 2009: Allowed further year of OOPR to complete MD
  • 2010: Now enrolled as DPhil student, "final" extension granted; return to clinical programme agreed for August 2012
scenario ctd
Scenario (ctd)
  • June 2012: request for another year to complete research, write up thesis (supported by academic head of dept, BUT Head of School and Trust not happy!)
  • Dean receives 3 letters:
    • Trust CEO re lack of middle grade cover
    • Trainee’s MP expressing concern about Deanery attitudes to “academia”
    • Head of School Medicine re trainee’s unprofessional behaviour & impact on his training
way forward
Way forward
  • Is the right way to manage OOPR?
  • What should be done? ie what is the right thing to do?
  • What do we mean by “flexibility”
tips for success
Tips for success
  • Be clear with everyone involved (including yourself):
    • Why do you want to take OOPR?
    • What are you going to do?
    • When will you take it & for how long?
    • Benefits? (career, NHS, etc)
acquire the necessary skills
Acquire the necessary skills:
  • Administration:
      • Time management
      • Project management
      • Communication
      • Networking
  • Effectiveness
  • Self direction
communicate
Communicate
  • Map out all the people and agencies that need to know about your wish to take OOPR:
    • Educational supervisor, TPD, Head of School, Deanery admin staff, Royal College…
  • Give as much notice as possible (at least six months…12 months better)
  • Be flexible & negotiate
  • Remember: OOPR is not a mandated right!
  • The issue of extensions for existing OOPR is contentious
consider impact on your training
Consider impact on your training
  • Will any of OOPR count towards training?
  • Liaise and obtain clarity on this from relevant College/Faculty
  • Complete relevant Deanery forms!!
  • Discuss in advance with educational supervisor
  • Keep in touch while you are away
plan for your return
Plan for your return
  • Will you need to refresh your clinical skills?
  • Portfolio up to date (remember revalidation)
  • Remember while you are guaranteed a place on the training programme, Deaneries cannot specify precisely where that will be
  • Re-establish contact three months in advance with Deanery
things to note
Things to note
  • Pensions (consult BMA on this; I’m not an expert)
  • Don’t let your GMC registration lapse if you are overseas!
  • Complete the outputs from your OOPR as soon as possible
  • Keep abreast of NHS changes in England especially LETBs
make the most of your oopr
Make the most of your OOPR
  • Network extensively
  • Fully engage in academic life
  • Record your progress and reflect upon upon it
  • Persevere
  • Enjoy!