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In the UK, 15% of physician trainees are less than full time (LTFT) (25% of female and 3% of male trainees).1 The 2018 British Junior Cardiologists’ Association (BJCA) annual survey identified that approximately 4% of cardiology trainees work LTFT. To explore this further, a survey was sent to LTFT cardiology trainees to identify the challenges they face.
Of the estimated 24 LTFT cardiology trainees in the UK, 70% completed the survey. Thirty-one per cent were male, much higher than the proportion of physician LTFT trainees who are male (9%).1 The majority of LTFT trainees are 31–40 years old and are training LTFT in a full-time post (88%). Nearly half of LTFT trainees work 80% of full time. Childcare responsibility is the most common reason for working LTFT (82%).
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