Essential components of a taster

The essential components of a taster experience include:

  • Opportunity to find out what is needed to succeed/progress/enjoy this specialty – skills, attributes and behaviour
  • Time with senior clinician(s) in the specialty, observing work, discussing careers pathways, future opportunities, work/life balance, and some time for 1:1 discussions
  • Time with current trainees (of various grades) in the specialty, observing work, discussing what life is like as a trainee in the specialty, work/life balance, how their careers choices were made, current and future shift patterns, exams, curricula, entry to specialty, and some time for 1:1 discussions
  • Time with key workers who support the specialty such as nurse practitioners, professions allied to medicine, community specialists, operating department practitioners, laboratory staff
  • Opportunity to participate in hands on activities under direct supervision
  • Opportunity to attend specialty education/training events such as multidisciplinary team meeting, trainee tutorial, skills lab, audit meeting etc.
    • You cannot use these events as part of your core learning log. It may be appropriate to log some of these as non-core learning (check this with your Foundation Programme Training Director (FPTD) or local postgraduate team).