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The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health flagship meeting: is it value for money?
  1. D P Kenny1
  1. 1Department of Paediatric Cardiology, Bristol Childrens Hospital, UK; damienkenny@doctors.org.uk

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    The most recent Newsletter from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) was accompanied by a call for abstracts for the 9th Spring Meeting. An article in a recent RCPCH trainee’s newsletter from the chairman of the trainees’ committee expressed disappointment at the level of attendance by trainees, and that those who did attend left almost immediately after giving their presentation. This is supported by official figures from the RCPCH1 which show the lowest number of SHO and SpR attendees at the 2004 meeting over the past six years (table 1). SpR attendances at the 2004 meeting accounted for less than one quarter of total attendees and SHO attendances for only 2%. Why is this happening?

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     Attendance figures for RCPCH Spring Meeting 1997–2004

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