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Learning to TODDLE: inspiring the paediatricians of tomorrow
  1. Jingjing Wang1,
  2. Clair-Soo Blackwood1,
  3. Fiona McQuaid2,
  4. Sonia Joseph3
  1. 1 The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Medical School, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2 Edinburgh Medical School, Department of Child Life and Health, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  3. 3 RHCYP, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to Jingjing Wang, The University of Edinburgh Edinburgh Medical School, Edinburgh, UK; jingjingwang150{at}yahoo.co.uk

Abstract

With numbers of children and young people waiting for treatment rising to record-high levels in the UK, the need for paediatricians is emphasised. In order to accommodate these demands, it is essential that more medical students are encouraged to pursue paediatric careers. By providing vital career support to aspiring paediatricians at an undergraduate level, recruitment into paediatrics can be amplified. An important way in which medical students gain early exposure to paediatrics is through local paediatric organisations like university societies, who can nurture interest towards the specialty and provide links to exploring and building upon paediatric career development. By empowering student initiatives to create opportunities for students to pursue paediatrics, we can build and support the next generation of paediatricians from the ground up. This was demonstrated by the Edinburgh University Paediatrics Society’s free virtual career building series TODDLE: ‘The building blOcks to Developing your paeDiatric portfoLio and carEer’. Feedback from the TODDLE series evidently showed an appetite for paediatric career support at an undergraduate level internationally, with attendees commenting on the usefulness, novelty and accessibility of the series. TODDLE emphasised the importance of providing paediatric career advice to medical students and showed the feasibility and practicality of student-led initiatives in providing this support as well as other paediatric exposures. Through collaborative work and the sharing of resources, any organisation at a student level can offer opportunities for engagement in paediatrics on a national and international basis.

  • Paediatrics
  • Qualitative research

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Footnotes

  • Contributors JW and CSB (joint first authors) designed and delivered the TODDLE webinar series as President and Vice-President 21/22 of the Edinburgh University Paediatrics Society. JW and CSB collected the data via routine feedback forms, cleaned and analysed the data, conducted a background literature review and drafted and revised the results as an article. FM was a speaker at the Academic Achievement Webinar of the TODDLE series. She suggested submitting the article, guided the content and provided excellent feedback to revise the article. SJ supervised the TODDLE project and provided excellent feedback to revise the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer-reviewed.