Fellows in Training (FiT)
The membership category of 'Fellows in Training' is the representative body for those who are enrolled in SAC approved training programmes in the UK. The BAOMS Fellows in Training Representative (FiT) and the Deputy are elected by the FiTs. The purpose of the FiT is to represent trainee viewpoints to the bodies responsible for training and the provision of OMFS services.
The FiT Rep and Deputy attend the BAOMS council meetings where every effort is made to further FiT best interests.
- We strongly encourage all maxillofacial trainees to register with BAOMS as a 'Fellow in Training'. If you are not registered as a FiT you have no voting rights.
- To apply for BAOMS membership as a Fellow-in-Training, the membership category of Fellow in Training is for those who are enrolled in SAC-approved training programmes in the UK. Fellows in Training have voting rights and are represented on BAOMS Council by the Fellows in Training Representative and his/her Deputy, who are elected by the Fellows in Training. Please contact the office for all BAOMS membership queries. Register with the Fit group forum and contact either the FiT Rep or the Deputy with your problems, opinions, ideas or just to let us know who you are.
- Starting Specialist training is both challenging and rewarding. The subsequent information aims to give new OMFS specialty trainees some guidance of what to expect, general advice for training and areas allied to being a Specialist trainee.
- Some of information many previous trainees wish they had known when they started. It is worth noting that it is by no means comprehensive and is as accurate as possible at the time of writing. If there are any omissions or corrections please contact us and they’ll be incorporated.
- FiT is the UK’s Association for OMFS trainees with a national training number (NTN). We aim to ensure trainees across have fair and equal training opportunities to maximise their training in order to become well rounded and successful Consultant OMF Surgeons.
- The primary aim of our organisation is the continual improvement of OMF Training across Britain.
- The Fellows in Training (FiT) committee is composed of core committee (images & contact details below) that works with a wider committee of regional representatives (you will know who these are) to improve grassroots OMFS exposure and trainee experience.
- The aim of the core committee is to respond to regional issues with training and engage with the larger central bodies for surgery within the United Kingdom to advocate on the behalf of trainees.
- F2 Fs have specific wants and needs from their representation that may differ from those at a Junior Trainees and members Group level. Each level of training holds its own innate challenges.
- The division between the trainee groups enables trainees to target specific issues pertinent to higher-level training, tailor training events towards FRCS, specialization and higher training development.
- Junior Trainees and members Group (JTG) represents all trainees without a number (pre-registration) in the UK and together with FiT they represent all OMFS trainees in the UK. Both groups fall under the wider umbrella BAOMS to make up the OMFS community in the UK along side the Associate Fellows group, and the Consultant and specialist group.
- The FiT mission is committed to improving training on behalf of numbered trainees, and we work closely with the wider BAOMS community to tackle areas of common interest to the benefit of the specialty as a whole.
Committee Structure - the Core Committee consists of:
The wider committee includes Regional Representatives alongside the FiT conference lead and team. They ensure that our organisation understands the regional variations in training, as well as keeping abreast of how these align with obtaining CCT. The Regional Representatives, both as individuals and as a group instruct responsible for gauging trainee opinion and feeding this back to the core committee and wider specialty.
Applications for committee posts will be held annually and you will be notified via BAOMS.
What does being a FiT offer?
You can apply to join the FiT for free with your NTN number and CCT date (provided by your deanery’s school of surgery)
- Interact with other members via the moderated closed forum, which is full of new information and encourages lively discussion.
- Trainees can use this forum to arrange meetings, discuss the value of specific courses/ fellowships and units or raise wider issues for debate, all confidentially.
- lobbying and representation, Peer support
- The site operates under the Chatham house rule (‘When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed’) to ensure the trainee voice is truly heard.
- We also post opportunities and advertisement of appropriate courses, conferences, educational material and innovative adjuncts to training.
- Committee posts are advertised on the site and we are always looking of innovative people and ideas to join the team
- Subscribers may also receive newsletters with training updates so they may stay abreast of changes and opportunities
- There are always opportunities to get involved as dynamic individuals to help us build this innovative resource and make it the tool you need: contact the webmaster. The site uses the content management software to allow you to contribute even if you have limited experience.
Accessing the site
- To login to the site you need to register and create a username and password. You will then be validated by one of the site administrators.
- Registration is only open to those with National Training Numbers in the specialty. Please provide your NTN and expected CCT date in the "About Me" box when you register so that your registration can be validated promptly.
- Once logged-in you will be able to view the whole site and create and edit articles and upload/download files and share with colleagues in a confidential manner.
Please find some useful Training Resources below. Please email us if you wish to let us know about useful adjuncts. More are available at the OMFS FiT group website
- Gold guide- A Reference Guide for Postgraduate Specialty Training in the UK - a recommended read and reference guide that provides information on appointments, ARCP, CCT and Leave.
The following 2 booklets make useful reading for those starting at St3:
- Nightshift - Working the night shift: preparation, survival and recovery. A guide for junior doctors prepared on behalf of a multidisciplinary Working Group.
- Safe handover - Safe handover: safe patients. Guidance on clinical handover for clinicians and managers.