XrayStormont Hotel, Belfast             Thursday 20th June 2019       9 am – 5 pm


Dr Kathy Cullen, Consultant Respiratory Physician & Clinical Senior Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast, Dr Emma Toner, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Ulster Hospital 

This symposium is for all health professionals and students who care for patients with sarcoidosis.

The day will be multidisciplinary, practical and interactive with a chance to network.

Cost: £40     

To apply for a free student place please email

Please register as soon as possible at the following secure link:

09.00                           Welcome                                                         Dr Kathy Cullen

9.30 – 10.00                A Respiratory Perspective                              Dr Robina Coker

10.00 – 10.30              A Cardiology Perspective                                Dr Amanda Varnava

10.30 – 11. 00             A Rheumatology Perspective                          Dr Maresa Carulli


11.30 – 12.00            An Ophthalmology Perspective                      Miss Clara McAvoy

12.00 – 12.30              An Endocrinology Perspective                        Dr Hamish Courtney

12.30 – 12.45              A Patient’s Perspective                                   tbc


13.45 – 14.15              A Dermatology Perspective                            Dr Collette McCourt

14.15 – 14.45              What Patients Want to Know                          Prof Seamas Donnelly

14.45- 15.45                Case Presentations with Group Discussion


16.15   Regional and national (BTS) datasets

(With input from all NI trusts)     Dr Paul Minnis / Dr Robina Coker

16.50                           Summary and Close                                        Dr Kathy Cullen

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Kindly supported by the Ulster Thoracic Society

GP EQUIP Programme

NIMDTA GP department’s EQUIP (Experience in Quality Improvement) programme is attracting international recognition and validation.118799 NIMDTA - Equip Logo FINAL-01

A summary of the EQUIP programme has recently been presented at the Meta ECHO event in Albuqurque, New Mexico “Utilising the ECHO Model for Quality Improvement: A Glimpse across the Global Spectrum of Implementa”.

Dr Nigel Hart (Associate Director for Quality Improvement) had recently presented a workshop on “EQUIPping GPs to be leaders in Improvement” at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare on 28 March 2019 in Glasgow.

The Royal College of General Practitioners has recently made a video about NIMDTA’s EQUIP programme as an exemplar of good practice for QI training.

Read more about the EQUIP programme at


National Training Surveys 2019 Press Release

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Annual Educational Excellence Day

NIMDTA’s Fourth Annual Educational Excellence Day is taking place on Friday 28 June 2019 at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast. This event has been positively received every year since its first celebration in 2016 and a detailed summary of the 2018 celebration in La Mon Hotel can be found by clicking here Educational Excellence Day Newsletter.

We are delighted this year to welcome Professor Stuart Elborn, Pro Vice Chancellor from QUB, to deliver the Keynote Address. Further programme information is available by clicking here NIMDTA Educational Excellence Day Programme 28 June 2019 (Please note that the programme is subject to change).

We are going to acknowledge and acclaim the achievements of doctors, dentists, trainers, educators and NIMDTA staff at this event through a series of awards in the following categories:

  •   Excellence in Research
  •   Excellence in Clinical Education
  •   Excellence in Quality Improvement
  •   Excellence in Examination Results
  •   Recognition by National Award
  •   Outstanding Contributions to Society
  •   Recognition of Outstanding Contribution by a Named Clinical or Educational Supervisor
  •   Recognition of Outstanding Contribution by a Leader of a NIMDTA Educational Programme
  •   Recognition of Outstanding Contribution by a Staff Member within the Education Management Team at NIMDTA

Nominations are welcome from trainees and we are inviting educators to nominate trainees in their programmes. Nominations can be made for one or more of these awards using the “Dare to Excel” nomination form and guidelines which are available below.

One form is required for each category submission, along with any necessary supporting information. We also invite trainees to nominate educators, clinical and educational supervisors, and NIMDTA staff for Recognition of Outstanding Contributions. All completed nominations should be returned to by 5pm on Friday 24 May 2019.

The event will also provide the 2018/19 ADEPT Clinical Leadership Fellows with the opportunity to present a summary of the projects that they have been engaged in during this year in their host organisations to a distinguished panel.

NIMDTA will be providing an update to our VALUED strategy presented by Dr Camille Harron, Associate Dean and Dr Rachel Campbell, VALUED ADEPT Clinical Leadership Fellow.

Dr Sally Anne Phillips will also provide an overview of NIMDTA’s recent work on improving the quality of training placements. Innovations from Trusts and HSC Organisations will be celebrated to highlight the work of all organisations in delivering excellence in medical education and training.

You are very welcome to attend this prestigious event whether you are submitting a nomination or not. To register for this event, please click on the following link:

  1. NIMDTA Educational Excellence Day Programme 28 June 2019
  2. 2019 Dare To Excel- Guidance On Submissions
  3. Dare To Excel Nomination Form 2019 - Trainee
  4. Dare To Excel Nomination Form 2019 - Educational And Clinical Superv ..
  5. Dare To Excel Nomination Form 2019 - Programme Leader
  6. Dare To Excel Nomination Form 2019 - NIMDTA Education Staff
  7. Educational Excellence Day Newsletter


NICON19 Leading From The Edge Transforming Our System – Together

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This years annual conference is taking place on the 12th April at the Public Records Office, Titanic Quarter (BT3 9HQ).

To Register email:

Trainee Ambassador Applications


Application forms should be emailed to

For more information click the following link::


Dental Educational Supervisor (Reserve/Support Role) Recruitment

Applications for the post of Educational Supervisor (Reserve/Support Role) in the Northern Ireland Dental Foundation Training (DFT) Scheme are now open.  Applications can be made via

Further information can be found on the Dental Recruitment page.

The closing date for applications is Friday 12 April 2019, 16:00.


Peer Mentor Recruitment

Peer Recruting

Are you ST3 or above?

If so have you thought about becoming a peer mentor?

As a peer mentor you will have the opportunity to support a less experienced trainee through informal mentoring relationships.  We provide you with the training and support to progress in this role.


The next Mentoring for Success course will be held in NIMDTA on Wednesday 17th April 2019.   To access more information, application forms and links to book onto training please go to Mentoring for Success booking link

Queries can be directed to

Further details can be found on through Coaching and Mentoring


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NIMDTA Alumnus Network

The NIMDTA Alumnus Network was first established in 2018, when its first newsletter was published.

The aim of this network is help previous trainees remain connected with their former colleagues, with education and training and with NIMDTA. Joining the Alumnus network enables previous trainees to hear about opportunities within training programmes and for those post CCT to hear about opportunities to remain engaged with postgraduate medical and dental education through involvement with NIMDTA as a clinical facilitator, trainer or educator.

Newsletters are published twice-yearly, providing updates for former NIMDTA trainees and informing about new NIMDTA initiatives as well as training and networking events. In addition, we will be creating a new Alumnus section on the website. We also welcome feedback and suggestions from former trainees, trainers and educators.

Joining has been set up to be as straightforward as possible with automatic enrolment to include doctors who have completed Foundation, Core or Higher training this year in the membership and on the email circulation list. If you do not wish to be included please email letting us know your name, contact email address and the training programme you have just completed and we will remove your details from the list. 

To sign up for further updates, contact for subscription.