I have lived in Newcastle for almost thirteen years and have no intention of moving anywhere else, anytime soon. I enjoyed five years here as an undergraduate medical student, and during that time barely began to take advantage of everything the region has to offer in terms of academic opportunities and standard of living. After one year of clinical training I took a year out to complete a postgraduate MA in the history of medicine back at the University, and started to become involved with teaching at Newcastle Medical School.
Once back to clinical training I made the decision to specialise in geriatric medicine but, missing academic work, I applied for and was granted a clinical fellowship in geriatrics. I now work as a Teaching and Research fellow at Newcastleâ€™s Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) in Ageing and hope to contribute to its ongoing valuable work aiming to improve the quality of life of older people.
My overarching research interest is improving education and training about ageing for healthcare professionals. My current project focusses on improving undergraduate medical education about dementia - a hitherto under-researched and under-resourced area.