Surgery, Space, Singing and Politics…. four completely diverse and unrelated arenas but when woven together have made me the person and teacher that I am today.
Teaching is a unique art and each student, with their own individual needs, strengths and weaknesses, presents a unique challenge. The greatest excitement I get is taking on the challenge of new students every day, adapting my teaching style to suit their needs. My aim is to help them grow, take on challenges no matter how difficult they may be and realise their potential to produce great results. Above all my motto is ‘there is no such word as impossible’.
Training in Edinburgh as a doctor, university afforded me some fantastic experiences such as working for the European and Russian Space Agencies, winning three competitions to put the first student experiment in space (2002-4) and affording me the opportunity to present in an international environment, a frightening experience being chucked in the so-called ‘deep end’ but which gave me early confidence in public speaking.
I started my basic surgical training and higher orthopaedic training on the Royal London rotation, Whitechapel (2006-17) completing this in October 2017 and am currently working in Melbourne, Australia, developing international teaching links and undertaking a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery.
I’ve always maintained a long-term interest in singing and music production, performing professionally individually and in gospel choirs at venues such as the O2, Wembley stadium, the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Tattoo. Music is the so-called spiritual food to my soul and helps me to relax.
However, it was really with politics that I found my calling and when the junior doctor contract dispute of 2015 hit numerous doctors, I became a spokesman performing numerous political interviews on BBC, Sky News, Channel five news amongst others. The high-pressure environment, the need to deliver ‘headline phrases’ in a fluent, confident manner and defend your position appealed to me.
Above all, I’ve always found teaching to be both interesting and fascinating; a real skill to be able to simplify concepts and nurture them in others, particularly in oral exams where I felt there was a real gap. It hit me that music, politics, interviews…all these things I love and have grown up with…provide transferrable skills to bring to an oral exam (which is really - A JOB INTERVIEW!) and that was the inspiration for my LET’S TALK series.
Certificate Completion of training (CCT) Royal London rotation orthopaedics 2017
FRCS (Orthopaedics) Royal College of Surgeons England 2016
MRCS Royal College of Surgeons England 2010
MBChB (primary medical degree) Edinburgh University 2006
BSc hons neurosciences (first class) Edinburgh University 2002
Editor of ‘orthopaedics fractures and trauma’ In: Hamilton Bailey’s Guide to orthopaedics 2017
Author of ‘Nerve Injuries’ chapter in ‘ABC guide to orthopaedics’, 2017
Course convenor of ‘How to pass the FRCS, ORUK 2017
Course convenor of Royal London trauma VIVA course, 2017
Faculty on Royal London trauma VIVA course, 2016-17
Faculty on Queens clinical examinations course, 2017
Faculty on Oswestry FRCS clinical and VIVA course, 2017
Faculty on Wrightington FRCS basic sciences and upper limb course, 2017
Faculty on lower limb FRCS course, ORUK, 2017
Faculty on FRCS Paediatrics course, Southampton, 2017
Faculty on MRCS examinations course OSCE part B, Royal College of surgeons 2017
Faculty on MRCS OSCE part B course, RSM 2017
Final year OSCE examiner (for medical students), Barts university 2014-15
Author of ‘compartment pressure monitoring’ book chapter, 2014-15
UKITE examiner (setting questions), 2014
Lecturer Barts medical school 2010 - 2015
Set up and ran Surgical teachers MRCS course at Mayday hospital, Croydon, 2011-13
Anatomy demonstrator at Imperial College and St Georges University, 2009-10
Surgical tutor for Imperial College, 2010
Teaching partnership with Stamford school for A level students, 2010-17
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