What has been your proudest moment?
My proudest BSMS moment has to be graduating. I came into medicine as a mature student having spent many years in the ambulance service. I still pinch myself that I am a doctor.
What or who has inspired you most in life?
In the world of medicine Professor Douglas Chamberlain has been a constant source of inspiration. He is credited with introducing defibrillators onto ambulances in Brighton in the 1970s, hence starting the paramedic profession. He also introduced community-based defibrillators and has worked tirelessly throughout his career to improve resuscitation. I not only had the pleasure of working with him, helping to develop clinical practice within the ambulance service (not in the 1970s!) but I was also very proud when he provided me with a reference for my application to BSMS. I know it might sound a bit cliché but I am also genuinely inspired by many of the patients that I meet who are coping day to day with acute and chronic diseases in circumstances that are often very challenging.
What is the skill that you would most like to have?
To be able to play my guitar like Jimi Hendrix, sadly never going to happen. But I keep trying!