Trainees' Advisory Committee

The Trainees' Advisory Committee (TAC) is run by trainees, for trainees. It represents all branches of pathology and there is a broad experience base within the membership, both medical and non-medical. Its primary function is to facilitate communication between the College and its trainees. 

Shape of Training
The TAC is directly involved in the ongoing Shape of Training discussions. We have a representative who sits on the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) Trainee Committee; her involvement with the AoMRC committee has led to RCPath co-badging a Shape of Training Trainee Survey which was distributed by RCPath to all trainees.  In addition, the trainee representatives on the College Advisory Training Teams recently had the opportunity to input into the AOMRC's mapping exercise which is now published on the College website.

The TAC trainee representatives on the Research Committee have been very active. The TAC is working with the Research Committee to identify barriers for trainees getting into research, investigating mentoring schemes and looking at ways to reinstate the pathway for continuing research activity. The TAC is also promoting the Trainee Specialty Medal Award for Research to increase the number of applicants. 

Chair: Dr Matthew Clarke

Committee Members

The Bulletin of the Royal College of Pathologists
The College's quarterly Bulletin publication has a Trainees' Notes section with features and news specific to College trainees in all specialties. The Bulletin has current and back numbers online - you will find these in the Publications and Media section of the website.

What does my TAC representative do for me?
Roles of TAC Committee Members sets out the tasks carried out by each trainee representative. Remember, communication is a two-way thing: if you don't voice your comments or concerns, they won't be reported. Specialty representatives rotate attendance at TAC meetings but are encouraged to issue reports to each meeting. 

Recruitment to posts on the Trainees' Advisory Committee
In general, posts on the Trainees' Advisory Committee (TAC) are listed on the monthly President's e-newsletter - if you wish to become involved in TAC, please don't forget to look at it each month. We currently have 4 vacancies on the TAC advertised here.

Trainee Research Activity
Trainees are encouraged to become involved in research activity. Details of sources of funding open to trainees and of the College's annual research medal for trainees appear under the Research and Innovation section.