What year did you graduate?
What course did you study?
What is your current role?
CT1 Trauma & Orthopaedics
How did you get into your current role?
I graduated from Medicine in 2015 having done an intercalated BSc. I spent 2 years as a Foundation Doctor in greater Manchester. Following this I took two years out of training to do an anatomy demonstrating post at the University of Cambridge and then doing an MSc in Musculoskeletal Science at UCL. In Aug 2019 I re-entered training as a Core Surgical Trainee.
Can you describe a typical day?
A 'normal working day' would be spent in theatre learning various surgical procedures and looking after pre- and post-operative patients. In addition to this on-call shifts (day or night) would be spent reviewing referrals from A&E, GPs and other specialties and putting in place management plans for their issues.
What do you find challenging in your current role?
Most challenging is the amount of time spent outside of working hours developing my CV and building my knowledge.
What advice would you give to a current student at St George’s who is keen to get into a similar area of work as you?
Putting in work early on is beneficial - show keenness in specialties you have an interest in, ask to get involved with projects and audit work, and start building your CV early on.
Which aspects of your degree are relevant for your current role?
My iBSc in Anatomy has been particularly helpful as I pursue a career in surgery, most of all as it resulted in a national presentation related to my specialty of interest. In addition, doing SSCs in Orthopaedics cemented my interest and developed my knowledge early on.
Do you have any advice or a message for current students at St George’s?
Explore specialties you're interested in and get involved with projects early on.
Do you have any advice or a message for students considering studying at St George’s?
Come to St George's! I had a fantastic time as an undergraduate. Since graduating everyone I've met who went to St. George's has had a similar experience, and other doctors comment on how highly St George's graduate speak of their time at university.