Academic pathology and the RCPath
Combining pathology training with research can be both rewarding and challenging. Here are a few things to consider pertaining to the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath)
(This information is correct at the time of writing. Please consult https://www.rcpath.org for the most up to date information.)
Applying for Out of Programme Research (OOPR)
- If you’re undertaking a period of Out of Programme Research, you will need to obtain permission from both your Deanery and the RCPath.
- This process can be started ahead of time while you are applying for funding (as it may take some time).
- Decide with your clinical and educational supervisors whether to apply for your research project to count towards your CCT or whether your CCT will need to be extended https://www.rcpath.org/trainees/training/application-forms.html.
- RCPath trainee fees are capped at 5 years. If you are a trainee for longer (e.g. because of OOPR) check that you only pay fees for 5 years.
- An optional ‘research’ module is available within the Histopathology Curriculum.
College Trainee Research medals
- Trainee Research Medals are awarded every year. See https://www.rcpath.org/profession/research-and-innovation/awards-prizes.html for details of what is required and deadlines.
- These are an excellent opportunity to receive recognition for your research and look good on the CV.
- You can write short articles for the Trainees’ Notes section of the Bulletin. This is a good way to practise writing and get your name known https://www.rcpath.org/profession/publications/college-bulletin.html
- Contact the Editor of the Trainees’ Notes section by emailing to ask whether your idea for an article would be suitable.
Science communication training
- You can register to attend a science communication training course run by the RCPath https://www.rcpath.org/discover-pathology/events-landing-page/science-communication-training.html .This is a useful course and shows a commitment to public engagement which looks good on your CV and grant applications.
Public engagement opportunities
- National Pathology Week is an excellent forum to host public engagement sessions https://www.rcpath.org/discover-pathology/events-landing-page/national-pathology-week.html
- You can apply for RCPath funding to support public engagement events https://www.rcpath.org/discover-pathology/events-landing-page/funding-for-public-events.html
- Check the RCPath website for ideas for public engagement events and to request promotional materials https://www.rcpath.org/discover-pathology/events-landing-page.html