Internal Medicine Training Stage 1

We welcome you to Internal Medicine Training Stage 1 in Thames Valley. This is a successful 2-3 year programme providing excellent and holistic training prior to embarking on higher specialty training. We are consistently in the top 5 IMT programmes nationally and have a high success rate in trainees obtaining MRCP and higher specialty training posts.

The rotations are based at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Berkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Wexham Park Hospital) and Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Each rotation covers the essential curriculum requirements such as Geriatrics and Critical Care. An Educational Supervisor is allocated for the duration of the programme providing support alongside the College Tutors and TPDs.

Teaching and the development of learning opportunities are a priority in IMT. A wealth of quality improvement projects, audit and research opportunities augment the training programme in both the tertiary centre of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and also in the District General Hospital environment. The development of future collaborations and research opportunities with the University of Oxford becomes a real possibility.

Specific IMT teaching is provided at each trust, including PACES preparation. There is a fantastic regional Palliative Care Day offered to all trainees. Access is also provided to the regional IMT moodle site for additional learning materials such as procedural videos.

We have an active simulation programme across the region covering procedural skills, human factors, Med Reg Ready sessions and emergency scenarios. Trainees can attend an IMT simulation session at any site in the region through a central booking in system.

Critical Care
All trainees will spend 3 months in Critical Care during their IMT2 year. This includes attendance on the highly rated Thames Valley Critical Care Course. Time in Critical Care is fully immersive including on-call commitments.

Internal Medical Training Stage 1 & ACCS-AM
IMT and ACCS-AM recruitment is a combined recruitment programme, but training in IMT and ACCS-AM posts are managed within different programmes within Thames Valley.

Further information
Please contact: Dr Chitra Ballav (, Dr Beatrix Nagyova ( or Dr Nicola De Savary (, Internal Medicine Training Programme Directors.