FAQs

When do the sessions take place?

Sessions are scheduled irregularly, but for 2021-22 most will take place on a Monday or Tuesday. There are 18 regular Charing Cross teaching sessions in a year - if any additional sessions are programmed, we will give you a minimum of 6-8 weeks' notice.

You can find all dates on the booking system and on the 'Training dates' page.

What will we be learning?

You can find a list of session topics and their corresponding learning objectives on the 'Curriculum overview' page.

How do I book onto a session?

The Core Surgical Anatomy programme uses an online booking system called Acuity Scheduling. All trainees are emailed the booking link (and an Online booking guide (PDF)) at the beginning of the programme, and reminders are sent the week before each session.

Do I have to check before changing my time slot on the booking system?

No. We utilise an online booking system to allow trainees as much independence and flexibility in their bookings as possible, enabling you to make, amend and cancel bookings outside of admin hours.

The only time you need to contact us directly about making or amending a booking is when the booking system closes - this happens one hour before that session is due to start.

I've forgotten which sessions I've signed up for - how can I check my bookings?

It is highly recommended that you download the Acuity app, as this allows you to track your bookings very easily.

If you don't want to get the app, you will need to create a login when you book online - and remember to log in every time you make a booking, otherwise it won't show up in your account and you risk making duplicate bookings.

Should you decide against the app and creating a login, the only way you will be able to check your bookings and make any amendments or cancellations is via the automated confirmation emails that are sent when you book. You could create a new folder in your inbox to store these in.

What do I do if I can't attend a session?

If you have already signed up, please cancel this on the booking system - unless it has already closed. Please email Debbie (d.gilpin@imperial.ac.uk) with your apologies, citing the reason you are unable to attend.

This is mandatory teaching, so your Trust should do as much as possible to assist you in attending - however, we understand that this is not always possible. You should try to aim for 80% attendance across the academic year.

I can't make it to any of the three time slots - can I catch up on that week's teaching?

Unfortunately we are currently unable to offer additional sessions or record them for remote catch-up. You can do your own reading around the subject by checking the learning objectives for that session - we have provided a selection of reading materials and web resources which could help with this.

I can't attend on the week of an assessment - can I take it another time?

Unfortunately we are currently unable to offer alternative assessment slots - if you can't attend those particular sessions, please send your apologies as normal.

What happens if I arrive late?

In order to minimise disruption to the teaching, we ask that you go to the office on the 14th floor to let staff know that you've arrived, and then wait until the next rotation to join a group. 

If you are able to, please email Debbie (d.gilpin@imperial.ac.uk) and Liz (e.eastlake@imperial.ac.uk) so that the team are aware you are on your way.