Where would you like your career to take you?
I still have another couple of years left of my rheumatology training to complete after I finish my M.D. I hope to be able to continue to conduct research in the future as a consultant. I still enjoy being around a university and hope I’ll be able to play a role in teaching in the future.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
At the BSMS launch event in 2003 I spoke with former Dean, Prof Jon Cohen, and thanked him for offering me a place at the newly established medical school (as he was on the panel who interviewed me); he replied ‘just make sure you don’t blow it now!’. To this day I continue to try not to waste the opportunities I’ve been given as a BSMS medical student and graduate based on that advice.
What do you feel has been the biggest benefit from studying at BSMS?
I was very fortunate to be at BSMS from the very beginning! The opportunity to help shape the identity of the medical school is one that I won’t forget. I also think that BSMS is a fantastic place given how small and personal the medical school is. It was a privilege to be able to get to know my classmates so well and I am very excited to see so many now becoming consultants and GPs. It’s also nice to bump into old classmates at various hospitals and conferences even now (nearly 10 years after graduating!).