Oxford is particularly fortunate in having very strong links with the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit, the Welcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics and other world class research organisations. Most registrars take advantage of these links to arrange out-of-programme research blocks leading to a higher degree. There is also an active portfolio of clinical trials in Oxford and all registrars look after patients involved in these. There is also the opportunity to undertake trials-based research.
The rotation has several registrars on ACF/ACL contracts, but all registrars are encouraged to consider a period of research during their training.
Weekly teaching provision includes: morphology teaching (every Friday), lymphoma teaching (every Tuesday from 8.15) and a rotational programme of non-malignant teaching (every Wednesday from 08.00). In addition, the weekly immunophenotyping meeting (Wednesdays from 08.30) and daily double reporting session provide teaching opportunities in laboratory haematology. There is a dedicated region-wide registrar teaching programme for one full day every two months which is bleep protected, and regular region-wide education days across the full spectrum of malignant and non-malignant haematology.
For registrars who wish to teach, there are plenty of opportunities on the Medical School’s laboratory medicine course, as well as in the Colleges. Registrars are expected to contribute to the SHO teaching rota.
Leave is prospectively covered and organised between registrars.