I graduated from Newcastle Medical School in 2004 and spent one year in clinical training before completing a Postgraduate MA in the History of Medicine. At this time I became increasingly involved in undergraduate teaching at the Medical School including medical ethics, communication skills and professional development.
Once back in clinical training, I made the decision to specialise in geriatric medicine however, missing academic work, I applied for and was granted a 3-year NIHR clinical fellowship in geriatrics. I pursued my interest in medical education, researching potential strategies to improve undergraduate medical education about dementia, a hitherto under-researched and under-resourced area. I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education in 2012.
I now work as a teaching and research fellow at Newcastle NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) in Ageing and Chronic Disease, and am involved with a number of projects aiming to improve education and training about ageing in its broadest context. I am concurrently pursuing a PhD exploring the ways in which medical students interact with people with dementia, and the associated ethical challenges that may arise.
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