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Less than full-time training in cardiology
  1. Rebecca Dobson1,
  2. Abhishek Joshi2,
  3. Christopher Allen3,
  4. Hannah C Sinclair4
  1. 1Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK
  2. 2Bart’s Heart Centre, Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
  3. 3Guy’s & St Thomas' Hospital, Kings College, Rayne Institute, London, UK
  4. 4University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rebecca Dobson, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool L14 3PE, UK; rebecca.dobson{at}lhch.nhs.uk

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Introduction

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.

Demographics

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%).

Results

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