I cannot imagine being anything other than a doctor. When I think about why I (mostly) 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 who make my professional life so rich, are the colleagues, patients and students I work with. It is partly these human connections which led me to medical education. How we teach and learn as doctors opens doors into the social sciences, history, psychology and philosophy.
I completed 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 aspects of my interest in medical education here (some are more up to date than others!):
- Twitter – my personal account is @drlaurajane, and my work department account is @KingsResp
- Google Scholar – publications, both clinical and educational
- Linked.in – professional profile
- Scoop.it – curation of resources on social media in medical education.
- 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 was a trainee representative on the Clinical Examination Board and Scenario Editorial Committee for the MRCP PACES examinations until 2019, as well as the review of this exam, the PACES2020 project
- RespNETLondon – an educational site I ran up until Jan 2019 for Respiratory trainees in NorthEast London, in my role as trainee representative.
- Respiratory Futures Trainees – I worked with the British Thoracic Society to create a digital resource for Respiratory Trainees
I have co-written two books on Respiratory Medicine:
- Eureka Respiratory Medicine, a textbook for undergraduates
- 300 SBAs for the MRCP SCE in Respiratory Medicine
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