Tell us about your background.
Before medicine I did a Bachelor of Arts, ironically leaving for medicine as I did not see a future for myself in linguistics academia!
Why did you decided to become a GP?
I enjoyed everything too much to pick just one facet of medicine to focus on for the next 30 years of my life.
What attracted you to undertake an academic component to your training?
The opportunity to look deeply into a topic I’m passionate about and develop a deeper understanding of research skills.
What is your research project about?
I’m surveying GP attitudes towards environmental sustainability in general practices and barriers perceived towards improvement.
What was your motivation for the project?
This really is a critical time to start radically improving the carbon footprint of society, and healthcare is no exception to that. Climate change is a massive public health issue and I feel that as healthcare providers we need to take responsibility for the impact we have on the environment.
Is your research project part of a larger research project or stand-alone research?
My survey is independent of other projects, but I am involved with a survey of registrars as part of the ReCEnT project.
What do you see as the benefits of undertaking an academic component in your GP training?
I think the profession is richer for having an evidence base that’s specific to general practice, and that’s only going to happen if GPs conduct research. I’m enjoying gaining an appreciation for this aspect of medicine.
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