I really enjoyed the challenges of providing ongoing medical education to qualified doctors. To preserve a culture of education and training, while teaks become fragmented and consultants are under more time pressure every year, has got to be the greatest challenge in medical education.
What benefits does medical education bring to your job?
To be a teacher means I have to keep up to date. Whenever I help to run a programme. I inevitably reflect on whether I myself am doing whatever it is the programme is encouraging delegates to do. I almost always leave with a checklist of personal educational and practice objectives to take back to my hospital to act as my own personal development plan.
If you had three wishes for the future of medical education what would they be?
Firstly, that we don’t forget that junior medical doctors are in training and not simply ‘in service’. Secondly, that we rememeber that medical education continues at all stages throughout a medical career and learning time needs to be preserved for the doctors of the future. And finally, that great medical teachers everywhere must receive the recognition they deserve – they are all too often the unsung heroes of the NHS.