This is the blog of Beth Routledge, a junior doctor working in Scotland.
I attended medical school at the University of Glasgow, and am now a postgraduate trainee in the west of Scotland. I am originally Geordie and identify as a naturalised Glaswegian.
I came to medical school via a biomedical sciences degree that I’ve never used and jobs in call centres that turned out to be the best possible training for junior doctoring. My personal development plan for FY1 was to 1) not die and 2) not kill people. After the Foundation Programme, I had an unplanned year out of training to be a clinical fellow in Haematology by day and between times a peripatetic gradeless locum SHO. I am a physician by temperament and passion, and am soon to embark on Core Medical Training prior to… well, we’ll see.
The largest part of my non-medical self relates to my work with the Scottish Episcopal Church. I am a member of St Mary’s Cathedral, which is an open, inclusive, and welcoming congregation in the West End of Glasgow and where I am a server at the altar of the Lord and the wielder of a mean thurible. 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 am a member of the General Synod of the Church. I am a convenor of Changing Attitude Scotland, the advocacy group for LGBT rights within the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I am an activist in the struggle for all kinds of social justice within the Church.
I am many other things, too. I am a distance runner and completed my first marathon in Brighton 2015. I am a choral singer with the City of Glasgow Chorus. I am a bookworm of eclectic taste and not enough bookshelves. I am a human to two cats, Harris and Kilda. I am fuelled on enthusiasm, caffeine, and Radio 4.
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.