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Dr Michael Taliercio is a GP trainee, working as a GP Registrar at Taff’s Well Medical Centre
I originally began my journey into medicine after completing my undergraduate degree in New York, which is where I’m from. I was fortunate to be accepted onto a place at the University of Malta Medical School. After completing my medical degree, I then applied to foundation training in the UK, as I very much idealised the British National Health Service. After spending time in Scotland during my foundation training, I was accepted on to a paediatric training post in Wales, with my ST1 year in Carmarthen. After rotating to Swansea for my ST2 year, I was encouraged by various consultants to apply to London, as it was suggested that I would have a more well-rounded learning experience.
I applied to a single vacant post for ST3 training in London, and was accepted to continue run-through training. However, I began to question my choice of speciality, as I always wanted to work in the community. I made the decision that I might be better suited to a career in general practice, so I applied, and was accepted into general practice training in Wales, with an additional added benefit of a shortened training programme in light of my previous paediatric experience.
I chose Wales, in part, due to the positive experience of training that I had received there previously. I was placed in the Glamorgan Valleys Scheme and am very glad I made the decision to undertake my GP training in Wales. I feel the clinical knowledge I have gained while training here is comparable to my rotations in other areas of the UK, and on a personal level, the interpersonal relationships I experienced with other colleagues in the health service here were more than I could have hoped for.
What I enjoy about being in Wales is a sense of a community and a local feel in all the places I have lived and worked. A feeling amongst the healthcare staff that ‘everyone was in this together’, is the best way I can describe it. I also enjoy doing things outdoors, like taking my dog to the beach, and driving around wales to explore historical monuments and castles.
I decided on general practice as my career choice out of a desire to work in the community, and a strong belief in continuity of care. I like the idea of seeing people as they grow up and experience changes in their lives, knowing their history when they come to see me, and a sense that the patients feel I really know them, and who they are. I was once told by patients about a partner who had retired. Everyone in the area knew him for decades and were so happy that he was their doctor. That is something that will stay with me; a hope that one day I might leave such an impression on people.
I think when people come to practice medicine in Wales, there are many factors that influence their decision. Some people live and work here out of family connection, while others come here to study and decide to settle here. From a recruitment point of view, it comes down to making Wales stand out as a place that supports doctors, during and after their training.
Having a sense that the system you work in is aware of how valuable you are, and does not downgrade you to make you feel that you are lucky to have a job, but actually acknowledging that they are lucky to have you, and using incentives to entice you to come and stay – are important factors. That is why I feel the philosophy behind the Wales scheme is to acknowledge the value of doctors, and recognise that in training, there are a great deal of expenses borne by trainee doctors, and that, to steal a phrase from another well know organisation, ‘every little bit helps’. If the government continues to make strides in financially supporting trainees, as well as ensuring educational opportunities for learning while in training, more doctors would be swayed in coming to live and work in Wales.
Please feel free to share why you chose Wales.
Michael recently filmed with BBC on why he chose Wales as a junior doctor.
Dr Michael Albert TALIERCIO
From : 25 June 2018 To : 06 July 2018
Category : Medical Practitioners Tribunal Hearings
Planned dates: 25 June to 6 July 2018
St James’s Buildings, 79 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FQ
A MPT will meet at St James’s Buildings, 79 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FQ to consider a new case of impairment by reason of misconduct.
Name: Dr Michael Albert TALIERCIO
GMC Reference Number: 7092011
Area of practice: London
The tribunal will inquire into the allegation that, between 6-10 July 2015, Dr Taliercio took unauthorised leave from Barts Health NHS Trust (‘the Trust’). It is alleged that statement made by Dr Taliercio, in emails to the Trust dated 2 July 2015 and 14 July 2015, were dishonest. It is also alleged that, on 17-19 July 2015, Dr Taliercio failed to work night shifts without authorisation and without ensuring that appropriate medical cover was in place.
It is further alleged that on 14 July 2015, in a meeting with the Trust, Dr Taliercio refused to work his full notice period of three months, following his resignation from the Trust on or around 1 July 2015, or to continue working at the Trust until the end of August 2015 at the Trust’s request.
It is alleged that, on 11 December 2015, Dr Taliercio submitted an application which included statements which were untrue and that in so doing his actions were dishonest.
The above reflects the allegation as it stands at the start of the hearing. The allegation may be amended as the hearing proceeds and when findings of fact are made by the tribunal.
If you require any further information please visit the MPTS website www.mpts-uk.org. All decisions are published online within 28 days of the conclusion of the hearing.
If you are a journalist and require up to date information regarding the allegation throughout the course of the hearing, please contact the MPTS press office at [email protected] or on 0161 250 6868.
In accordance with Rule 41(2) of the General Medical Council (Fitness to Practise) Rules 2004, the tribunal may decide to exclude the public from the proceedings or any part of the proceedings, where they consider that the circumstances of the case outweigh the public interest in holding the hearing in public.