Can you tell us a bit about where you are now?
I have just completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic and cross-sectional imaging at St George's and The Royal Brompton, both in London. I have now been appointed as a consultant radiologist with an interest in thoracic and H&N imaging at BSUH - a dream job! I am living in Brighton (I have done since graduating from BSMS) with my wife and two kids. I’m looking forward to ditching the daily commute to London!
Where would you like your career to take you next?
I love all aspects of my job particularly teaching and research. I would like to continue to develop in both areas at BSUH and BSMS and help raise the research profile in thoracic and neck imaging. I would like to run a fourth year student IRP (individual research project) as this first experience in proper research, alongside the late Prof Fisher, really fired me up to continue contributing to my profession scientifically.
You were a mature student when you started the medicine course. What was it that brought you to study at BSMS and what were you doing before?
I moved to Brighton in 1998 and completed an undergraduate degree in Philosophy. Following this I decided to pursue a career in medicine (following a brief spell as a landscape gardener and a pub chef) so I completed my chemistry and biology A levels at night school and applied to BSMS - the med school opening was perfect timing and they were very switched on to recruiting mature students which really helped create a very diverse cohort starting out.