The FICM has two elected trainee representatives. Each trainee rep serves one year as the Deputy Trainee Representative and then one year as the Lead Trainee Representative.
Both trainee representatives sit on the Faculty Board and one or the other is also present at all of the committees or working parties that effect training and require a trainee perspective:
- Training, Assessment & Quality Committee (FICMTAQ)
- Careers, Recruitment and Workforce Committee (FICMCRW)
The principal duty of the Trainee Representatives is to represent the views of ICM trainees during Board, committee, working group and other meetings as appropriate:
- Ensure there is a true representation of trainee concerns and views and ensure the Faculty has a means of seeking trainee input.
- Effectively inform and alert trainees to issues affecting them and to be able to address grass roots concerns.
- Encourage greater trainee engagement with the College.
Further duties of the FICM Trainee Representatives include:
- To establish a communication network with all ICM trainees. The email database is kept by the FICM Secretariat from trainees who have registered with the Faculty.
- Maintaining two-way communications with all ICM trainees in order to update them on Faculty developments and to keep the Faculty abreast of information and concerns relevant to its work.
- Attending all meetings of their assigned boards, committees or working groups. Travel expenses are reimbursed subject to the usual arrangements.
- Involvement in Faculty projects that may arise from time-to-time.
- Producing research or written documents from time-to-time including contribution to the FICM newsletter, Critical Eye, and the Faculty website.
- To maintain regular liaison with the ICS Trainee Committee.
The current Lead Trainee Representative is Dr Guy Parsons:
I had a peripatetic childhood with time spent in Australia, France and England in pursuit of developing a rather strange accent. When this failed to provide much in the way of career options I indulged interests in the humanities and sciences at medical school in London, which was transformative. My university’s gracious accommodation of a marked digression into medical history and tolerance of excessive sport helped develop an appreciation for real work-life balance and, eventually, a degree.
My early doctoring years fostered interests in improving trainee welfare, education and access to opportunities. These interests have grown with time, supported by training in leadership and teaching skills and engagement at the regional level. I took time out of training to travel and experience a range of specialties and this helped me form a clear view of the importance of exploration, variety, and broad perspective to a rewarding career.
Curiosity for the evidential basis of clinical practice and for discovery prompted my involvement in research and desire for a career in academia. I am currently working as an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Oxford applying computing advances to Big Data to address challenges in acute care.
Outside of work I enjoy long-distance hiking, languages, trivia, and seeing what’s out there. I look forward to working with the Board to address trainees’ needs, increase opportunities, and drive innovation for the future.
The current Deputy Trainee Representative Elect is Dr Catriona Felderhof:
I graduated from The University of Dundee in 2004 and moved west to Glasgow the following year in order to undertake my surgical training. After a couple of years I realised I would much rather become an anaes-thetist and intensivist so I jumped ship and I have never looked back. I moved to working on a less than full time basis in 2011 to complete the latter half of my specialty training as I have combined training with hav-ing a family of 3 boys, this has been challenging but also immensely enjoyable. My experience in training on both a FT and LTFT basis, with a multitude of commitments both in and out of work, means that I’ve gained a broad experience of the difficulties trainees can face. I am committed to putting this knowledge to good use and I want to help make training in ICM the best possible experience.
In any spare time that I have, I love to take the family out to enjoy the stunning Scottish scenery by drag-ging them up a hill or out for a walk, I like to try and remind myself how to play the violin and since com-pleting my exams I’ve rediscovered my passion for non-work related reading. I also like to return to my Brummie roots by visiting family and friends on a regular basis (Covid allowing) in Bournville.