I love medicine and cannot imagine being anything other than a doctor. I say being a doctor rather than practicing medicine as it is an identity, and I find it hard to distinguish the personal and the professional. There is a line somewhere…
When I think about why I love my job, there is no doubt that it is due to the people. I feel an affinity with Virchow‘s comment:
“Science in itself is nothing, for it exists only in the human beings who are its bearers.”
The people I am referring to, who make my professional life so rich, are the colleagues, patients and students I work with. I have for a long time been interested in medical education. How we teach and learn as doctors opens doors into the social sciences, history, psychology and philosophy.
I enjoyed completing a PGCert in medical education at UCL/Royal College of Physicians, and then a Diploma in Clinical Education at the Institute of Education. These opened my eyes to the theoretical basis of educational practice, and the ways in which educational policy is made and implemented.
I have found valuable support, and also collaborators, via social media, and continue to be surprised and encouraged by its truly collaborative nature. If you wish, you can see some of the steps in my career in medical education here:
- Google Scholar – publications, both clinical and educational
- Linked.in – professional profile
- Scoop.it – curation of resources on social media in medical education
- Storify – curated conversations from Twitter
- Slideshare – my shared presentations
- The NHS ePortfolio Revolution – my campaign blog, hoping to improve the NHS ePortfolio, to enhance its utility and educational value. Somewhat neglected of late…
- UCL Medical School Junior Doctor Teaching Portal – I made this site a few years ago, to support junior doctor input into medical education. I am no longer in this role and do not update this site
- MRCP(UK) – I am a trainee representative on the Clinical Examination Board and Scenario Editorial Committee for the MRCP PACES examinations, as well as the current review of this exam, the PACES2020 project
- RespNETLondon – an educational site I run for Respiratory trainees in NorthEast London, in my role as trainee representative
- Respiratory Futures Trainees – I have recently been working with the British Thoracic Society to create a digital resource for Respiratory Trainees
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