Alumni

Medicine and Nursing memories 

As we celebrate these two significant anniversaries throughout the year, we would love to hear from the most important party guests - you!

We want to share your memories, anecdotes, friendships - and most importantly what effect your time in the Medical School had on the rest of your life. Fill in the form below to share your story with us and we'll add them online.

 

Geoff Davies now-then

Geoff Davies - Class of 1975 (Medicine) - Retired Consultant in Occupational Medicine for the RAF

I was given an unconditional offer when I had C,D,D at A-level (how times change). As the first person from my extended family to go to university I was a bit overawed to start with. However, all of the students, and the staff, were very friendly and welcoming. It was very special to be in the first year of the new Medical School and I think we all felt very proud of what was being built. The staff were exceptional and listened very carefully to our feedback, as much of the course had never been tried before.

The key messages I gained from the Medical School were to be compassionate towards patients, communicate with patients, their families, and your own colleagues. All of my clinical and managerial work both in the RAF and civilian practice has been based on these principles.

Based on your experience what advice would you give to students about to enter the job market now?

Decide what you want to do and then make a plan for how to achieve it. Focus on being thorough, communicate well. Don't be afraid to be confident in your own opinion. Pay attention to detail when applying for jobs e..g. have a good understanding of the people and the organisation you are looking to join.

What is the most valuable thing you've learned in the last 10 years that has helped you build a career?

Continually reflect on what you do, be positive and confident, but make sure that you are constructive in your assessment of yourself so that you can learn lessons from things you do wrong. Someone once told me 'the hardest thing in life is to realise your own limitations'.


Sum up your time in Nottingham in three words:

Rewarding - I felt that I had been well trained. Camaraderie - there was a great bond between us students as we were the first group and relatively few in number. Focus - on patients' needs.

Almond 1979

Michael Almond - Class of 1982 (Medicine) - Professor of Veteran and Families Studies at Anglia Ruskin University

My Medical School experience was fantastic, inspired initially by chest medicine and a great opportunity to have a guaranteed period of research for the BMedSci but most importantly involvement in Medical Sports and the University Air Squadron.

The East Midlands University Air Squadron gave me an insight into military medicine, aviation medicine and Reserve Service with the RAF. That has subsequently taken me around the world, including Iraq Afghanistan, South Sudan with the UN and sustained me through the hard years of the NHS as a consultant physician. It allowed a second academic career researching the experiences of veterans and their families whilst continuing part time clinical work with the RAF in aviation medicine and aeromedical evacuation.

Based on your experience what advice would you give to students about to enter the job market now?

Apply for jobs you are only just qualified for, build a broad CV, especially in personal skills of leadership and mentoring. Do not focus on academic qualifications.

What is the most valuable thing you've learned in the last 10 years that has helped you build a career?

Keep a broad portfolio and have a second fulfilling interest which can develop into a second or later career


Sum up your time in Nottingham in three words:

Opened the world!

 

 

Dr Theresa Tam

Dr Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer shares her journey since graduating from the University, all the way to one of the most prestigious medical jobs in the world.

 

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