My name is Beth Routledge.
I am a junior(ish) doctor, and I work and train in the many and varied hospitals of the west of Scotland. I am an alumnus of the medical school of the University of Glasgow, a survivor of the Foundation Programme, and am now in my second year of core medical training. I am an aspiring acute physician, someday, which is a specialty that combines all the things I love best about medicine. You can read a little more that here.
I came to medical school via a biomedical sciences degree that I’ve never used and jobs in call centres and university residence wardening that turned out to be the best possible training for junior doctoring.
I have lived in Glasgow now for almost ten years, and I identify as a naturalised Glaswegian. I grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne.
I describe myself as a mover, shaker, and thurible-wielder in the Scottish Episcopal Church. The accomplishment outside of medicine of which I am actually most proud is my ability to thurible while walking backwards, although that’s not what I said to my last interview panel. I basically think all churches should have one of these. I work and worship in St Mary’s Cathedral, an open, inclusive, and welcoming congregation in the west end of Glasgow. I have been a member of the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church for the last four years. I am engaged in the work for social justice in the Church, and am a convenor of Changing Attitude Scotland which is the SEC advocacy group for LGBT rights. Through the Scottish Episcopal Church, I am also engaged in activism for LGBT equality in the wider world and was involved in the marriage equality campaign in Scotland.
I am a number of other things, too. I’m a stupendously slow distance runner, and completed my first and so far only marathon in Brighton in 2015. I’m a choral singer with the City of Glasgow Chorus. I’m a bookworm of eclectic taste and too few bookshelves. I live with two cats. I knit a bit. I am fuelled on enthusiasm and Radio 4. I like the occasional shot of adrenaline in my coffee.
I can also be found on Twitter.
The Legal Fine Print
As per Good Medical Practice 2013. All patient encounters referred to have been anonymised, fictionalised, and composited in order to preserve patient confidentiality. I do not intend anything I have written to be taken as medical advice, nor do I give medical advice over the Internet. I write under my own name and will provide my GMC number on request. I blog in a personal capacity and I do not presume to speak for any organisation that I work for or for anyone other than myself.