YDEF Taster Evenings: Time to organise one in your region?

Written by Jyothis George on 18 February 2012. Modified on 29 August 2013. Hits: 29245

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We have taken the initiative to drive recruitment to our speciality by organising regional 'Taster Evenings in Diabetes and Endocrinology' with support from ABCD, Diabetes UK and the Society for Endocrinology. Get in contact if you're arranging an event in your area so that we can help.

What are these?

YDEF Taster Evenings are opportunities for junior doctors to gain an overview on specialist training in Diabetes and Endocrinology. Delivered by senior trainees, consultants and academics, topics covered include:
• Planning your medical career in the era of diabetes and obesity epidemic.
• Endocrinology and diabetes in the outpatient setting.
• Endocrine emergencies and inpatient diabetes.
• Work-­‐life balance and flexible training opportunities.
• Research opportunities in Endocrinology.
• Opportunities to gain organisational and management skills.
• Becoming a specialist in diabetes and endocrinology-­‐practical steps.
• Patient perspectives and demonstration of insulin pumps and other modern technologies.

How do we know these work? 

A pilot event was organised in Edinburgh with support from the  University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Centre for Endocrinology. 25 FY/CMT doctors from across central Scotland attended. 

  • When asked ‘how likely were you to apply for specialty training in Diabetes and Endocrinology before coming to this event?’ only 23 % scored 4 or 5 on a scale of 1-­‐5 ranging from ‘very unlikely’ to ‘definitely’.
  • When asked ‘how likely were you to apply for specialty training in Diabetes and Endocrinology after coming to this event?’ 91 % scored 4 or 5 on a scale of 1-­‐5 ranging from ‘very unlikely’ to ‘Definitely’, showing a clear shift in trainees’ perception of our specialty.
Of course we won't know until these doctors apply for ST positions, but at least on the short term, we are making an impact. Download a full report of the pilot taster evening here.

Dates and details 


Venue: The Toptrees, Wates House, University of Surrey, Guildford

Date: 7th March 2013

Organised by: Roselle Herring

Sponsor: Sanofi Aventis



Venue: Postgraduate Multidisciplinary Education Centre, QMC

Date: 12 Dec 2012 

Organised by: Emma Wilmot & Budd Mendis

Sponsor: Lilly/Boehringer Ingelheim alliance

Download programme here



Venue: The Hilton Hotel, Gateshead

Date: 22 Nov 2012 

Organised by: Stuart Little, Atif Munir, Sajid Kalathil

Sponsor: Astra-Zeneca/Bristol-Myers Squibb alliance


Venue: The Thackray Museum, Leeds

Date: 15 Nov 2012 

Organised by: Rhodri King

Sponsor: Novo Nordisk

Download flyer here

West Midlands

Venue: Crowne Plaza, National Exhibition Centre, B'ham

Date: 20 Sep 2012 

Organised by: Chris Harold

YDF Leads: Milan Piya

Sponsor: Novo Nordisk

Download programme flyer here


Venue: Royal College of Physcians

Date: 09 Feb 2012 

Organised by: Claire Feeney

YDF Leads: Roselle Herring, Paul Grant

Sponsor: MSD

Download programme flyer here

Mersey and Northwest Deanery 

Venue: The Park Royal Hotel, Stretton

Date: 01 March 2012 

Organised by: Niru Goenka, Susannah Rowles

YDF Lead: Kelly Cheer

Sponsor: Lilly & Boehringer Ingelheim

Download programme flyer here


Venue: BEST WESTERN Chilworth Manor Hotel, Southampton

Date: 14 March 2012 

Organised by: Lina Chong, Rajesh Rajendran, Eveleigh Nicholson, Partha Kar

YDF Lead: 

Sponsor: Sanofi

Download programme flyer here

Edinburgh (Pilot) 

Venue: The Queen's Medical Research Institute

Date: 12 October 2011

Organised by: Anna Dover, Kate Hughes, Mark Strachan, Brian Walker

YDF Lead: Jyothis George

Sponsor: Sanofi Diabetes

Download programme report here

Would you like to organise one in your region? Please do get in touch. Help us fill the map!


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