- About 30 attended a Saline Solution Day especially for juniors, on Saturday 11 March in London. If you want to be better prepared for the opportunities you have to share your faith with patients, colleagues and friends then look out for future Saline events.
- The first Christians in Surgery Day took place on Saturday 1 April in London. Initiated by juniors, it was a great opportunity for surgical trainees and consultants to meet together for fellowship, and consider the particular challenges of being a Christian in their speciality.
- ICMDA Sydney 2006. The ICMDA four yearly World Congress in Australia will have a special juniors'and students' pre-conference from 7-11 July. Why don't you join the UK contingent, for some great teaching, seminars and fellowship? You could even add a holiday on to the end. More details on the conference website, www.tourhosts.com.au
/icmda2006. There's also the opportunity to make a donation to help doctors from developing countries to attend (see www.icmda.givengain.org).
- Junior Doctors'Weekend Conference. Our next weekend conference will be held at Hothorpe Hall in Leicestershire, from 13-15 October this year. Do put the date in your diary, swap that on-call if you can, and look out for further details! A great chance to get 'Beyond the bleep', to catch up with old CMF friends and make lots of new ones. More details on all events via the CMF website.
- Our first PLAB-2 Doctors' Day (see box) was a great success in January, and we're hoping to repeat it. Let us know if you're a PLAB doctor who would like to attend, or if you know any PLAB doctors who might be interested.
- CMF have launched a Junior Doctors' Forum (amongst others) via the website. Log in at www.cmf.org.uk
/forum. A chance to post your comments on issues facing Christian juniors and see what others have to say.
Sarah Germain is Juniors' Chairman
PLAB-2 Doctors' Day
'Post PLAB 2 – progressing to a post'was a day conference in January for international medical graduates. It focused on CV writing, application forms and interview skills. The day was expertly led by Geoff Norris and Margaret Hodson, together with a team of facilitators who conducted the afternoon interview practice. Everyone had a short interview and feedback on their performance. Many said they found the day very useful and were greatly appreciative. Comments included:
'Thanks so much for the efforts you put into bringing this together. It's been enlightening and a blessing.'
'It was very well organised and I gained quite a lot.'
'I've been well fed and I'm full.'
'When I came this morning I was blind but now I can see.'
'This was an eye opener for me. It has given me confidence to face an interview. The atmosphere, hospitality and food were all excellent.'
The next Post PLAB 2 conference is planned for 24 June 2006 at Partnership House in London.Claire Cooper is Assistant Medical Secretary