What work will the registrar be doing?
These terms provide registrars a chance to undertake a term that offers an introduction into the field of Clinical Forensic Medicine, and provides in-depth training in medicolegal skills that are invaluable to any doctor. The core work encompasses a diverse range of important clinical and non-clinical principles in areas such as gynaecology, psychiatry, toxicology, traffic and custodial medicine, medicine and the law, and bioethics. Additional activities ensure exposure to the services that interface with clinical medicine such as forensic scientific services and the police and judicial systems. The work involves care, advice and documentation of injuries (physical and sexual assaults), obtaining information through interview and specimens for forensic examination, the certification of fitness for interview, generation of legal reports and understanding of and attendance at court. Finally, there is scope to pursue ongoing interests and research in all aspects of Forensic Medicine.
Skills to be gained within the post:
The skills that are gained in this rotation are applicable to general practice including the ability to examine and document accurately and produce good legal reports. In addition, there is the development of awareness and ability to be aware of the issues in dealing with patients that have been involved in assault. Lastly, there is the ability to be able to give evidence in court competently.