As one of the largest hospital specialities that answer is very varied!
Welsh Anaesthetic Shadowing Programme (WASP) was founded in 2014. It is an initiative that was set up to allow easy access to medical students and foundation trainees to Anaesthetic training
The WASP coordinator is usually a core trainee and is the contact point for medical students and foundation trainees. They co-ordinate three to five day programmes of ‘anaesthetic taster days’. These days give exposure to anaesthesia and allow hands on experience in ‘The day in the life of an Anaesthetist”. The aim of this is to show students the many varied roles of anaesthetists in the hospital, which is difficult to obtain as an undergraduate.
The anaesthetic tasters are also an effective way of gaining points at interviews for anaesthetic jobs and ‘one to one’ consultant teaching and advice on the application process.
Students will rotate between emergency theatre and on-call duties, elective short-stay surgery, intensive care, specialist anaesthesia in paediatrics, obstetrics, neurosurgery and cardiac surgery. The feedback from all students has been 100% positive.
Please contact the WASP coordinator on email@example.com who will arrange a taster week for you or contact Dr Caroline Evans, Consultant Anaesthetist and Core Training Programme Director if you are interested.
For the latest information about recruitment please visit the Anaesthetics national recruitment office at Health Education England