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Hi all,

I'm currently an ACCS anaesthetics trainee in CT1. I am not very interested in anaesthetics, but jumped into the program as it's known to be deliver good 1-1 consultant teaching etc and high satisfaction levels,

In hindsight, I should have explored my options looking into things like psychiatry and paediatrics via an FY3, which I have always found more interesting but was dissuaded against applying for them due to staff shortages etc.

I did not want to drop-out of the program just yet, as I need to see if these other specialities are actually for me, so is an OOPC an option to do this? I was also thinking of switching to GP training, so I could get 6m of psych and paeds with better pay than I would get if I did an F3/LAT post (I definitely do not want to be a GP however).

Thank you!
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Hi all,

I'm currently an ACCS anaesthetics trainee in CT1. I am not very interested in anaesthetics, but jumped into the program as it's known to be deliver good 1-1 consultant teaching etc and high satisfaction levels,

In hindsight, I should have explored my options looking into things like psychiatry and paediatrics via an FY3, which I have always found more interesting but was dissuaded against applying for them due to staff shortages etc.

I did not want to drop-out of the program just yet, as I need to see if these other specialities are actually for me, so is an OOPC an option to do this? I was also thinking of switching to GP training, so I could get 6m of psych and paeds with better pay than I would get if I did an F3/LAT post (I definitely do not want to be a GP however).

Thank you!
I don't know about the logistics of arranging OOPC within anaesthetics and shall wait for one of the anaesthetists to come along, however, I would suggest that starting GP training solely to get experience in psych and paeds is not a very sensible idea. For a start, that would mean a minimum of two years committment to the GP training programme, at which point you will be only a year off from CCT. Secondly, you would need to still meet all the ePortfolio/ARCP requirements for GP during that time - I can't imagine it would be much fun writing copious reflections on something you're actually not interested in at all. I think if you want paeds/psych experience that goes beyond sporadic locums you're probably looking at 6 month trust SHO jobs.

I would suggest talking to your educational supervisor in the first instance - s/he will have experience in counseling juniors and will be able to suggest the best way forward.
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