I graduated medical school at the University of Glasgow in June 2012, and then spent twelve months beginning to learn how to be a doctor. My entire personal development plan for FY1 was to 1) not die and 2) not kill people.
All junior doctors in the NHS are trained for their first two years in the Foundation Programme, which comes with a learning curve so steep it requires safety ropes and a buddy system. (I kind of loved my FY1 year — I blame that on having been delirious from exhaustion and panic for almost all of it.) Improbably, I’ve now emerged on the other side of the Foundation Programme. I learned a lot and I had fun, and my nerves remain mostly intact and I’m still smiling, so, you see, it is possible.
This year, I’m out of training for a year and am instead being a Clinical Fellow in Haematology. This was unplanned, but maybe better than what I’d had planned in the first place. I am ultimately a wannabe physician, and I hope to enter Core Medical Training at some stage.
I’m also a Scottish Episcopalian and I’ve been a member of St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow since I moved to Scotland in 2007. I popped in for one service… I am now there more often than the church mice, I am a member of the serving team (which fulfills any occasional urge I might have to run away and join the circus) and have a repertoire of tricks that one can do with a thurible. I tell interview panels that the accomplishment of which I am most proud outside of medicine is my involvement in the passage of equal marriage legislation in Scotland (and I am very). But the accomplishment of which I am actually most proud is my ability to thurible while walking backwards. I am a member of the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and an advocate and activist in the painful and frustrating fight for social justice within the Church.
In the between times, I’m a choral singer with the City of Glasgow Chorus and have sung with them in places as near as Giffnock and as far as Krakow. I’m an intermittent distance runner and will be taking another crack at the half-marathon distance this autumn in the Great North Run. I’m a bookworm. I am an unapologetic caffeine addict — and when I say ‘unapologetic’, what I mean is ‘closely resembles grumpy zombie until caffeinated’.
I occasionally sleep.
I blog about all of these things.
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