It was a welcome change to go back into education, and studying at UCL meant I made friends with students from all over the world, and I got taught by leaders across a diverse range of fields. I ended up working on stillbirth research, publishing in the Lancet and the BMJ, and presenting data on the causes of stillbirth across the world.
I have always passionately believed that classifying people as ‘teachers’ and ‘students’ is a false dichotomy. We all have something to teach and something to learn. I wanted to empower those more junior to become educators, and so founded a company that did exactly this, releasing “The Unofficial Guide to Passing OSCEs”, which became the best selling medical book on amazon for six months.
I took a year out of medicine to study under Professor Nick Curzen and did research into antiplatelet therapy, looking at how care could be personalised to the individual patient. I travelled across the UK, Europe, and Canada presenting our findings, and was generously supported by a research grant from Heart Research UK. Our work was published in Cardiovascular Therapeutics and Platelets.
I worked in children’s intensive care, but I also led a literature review on physical distancing with the Oxford Centre for Evidence Based Medicine. We demonstrated that there was little good evidence for 1-2 metres of distancing, and in many circumstances, greater distances would be more appropriate. This became the most read BMJ article of all time via Altmetrics!