Rob Galloway studied Medicine at St George's and gradauted in 2001. The Consultant in Emergency Medicine talks to us about his jobs, some of the things he loves, some which he loves to hate and his memories of St George's.
What’s your job title?
Consultant in Emergency Medicine on the south coast in Brighton.
What do you actually do?
Tell drunks to go away and look after people who haven’t heard of what a GP is! Occasionally I do see patients who need to be in A&E and that is rewarding. I also lead for Emergency Medicine education at he the new medical school at Brighton.
Where are you if you are not in your office/surgery/hospital?
Pushing a buggy or playing football in the park. We have two young kids and a third on the way. Somehow I managed to persuade Sophie Dunn to actually stay with me and marry me - she was a couple of years below me at medical school. I would love to say that I am climbing mountains, skiing and scuba diving but that is just not true.
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Martin Bromley. He is an airline pilot and teacher of ‘human factors’ and crew resource management. His wife died during an elective operation – due to poor communication skills and lack of checklists. Instead of suing, he used this traumatic experience for positive. He has helped bring in human factors training into hospital medicine thus reducing medical mistakes; an amazing inspiration.
What’s your favourite book/song/film?
Book – The Yes Man by Danny Wallace.
Song – the Time Warp!
Film – Star Wars; the original ones. So pleased that my son loves the fllms too.
What or who would you consign to room 101?
The recent NHS reforms of opening up the NHS to commercialisation, profit and fragmentation.
What would your super power be?
Foresight and ability to realise when I am going to do something idiotic which I would then regret.
Who would play you in the film of your life story?
Martin Freeman. Slightly awkward nerdy look – but geek fit (according to my wife).
What is your favourite word?
Medically I love the word – ‘Gestalt’.
Favourite non-medical word is fantastic. Apparently I use it all the time.
How would you like to be remembered?
For what I was like after med school and when I had grown up/passed puberty.
What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?
Not to take things too seriously. Unfortunately I just don’t live by that lesson very well.
What is your favourite memory of St George's?
Football club annual general meetings. I was allowed dispensation to drink Reef as I never really liked beer. I still hum the song before over five-a-side matches I play in, to get me in the mood.……"AFC, AFC and we revel in the name of St Georges AFC".
Are you still in touch with people you studied with?
Yes quite a few and it is really nice as even if we haven’t spoke for a while we have so much common history that it goes back to how it was at medical school straight away. There are some from med school, that I talk to nearly every week such as my wife.
How would you sum up your time at St George's in three words?
Embarrassing, happy, fantastic.
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