I am currently working as a part-time GP, with an interest in clinical informatics, which are the computers and technology we use as medics. In addition to my medical degree and postgraduate training, I’ve spent a lot of time studying, completing a Masters, a PhD and a number of postgraduate diplomas. I worked in academia for approximately eight years after completing my GP training. I enjoy learning, but I’m aware of the need for balance in life, and so I love spending time in the outdoors, hill walking and running.

When I was in fifth year at Mary Erskine, and had reached the end of a period of intense study (six Highers to gain entry to medical school), I felt I really needed to reconnect with the outdoors. The Outward Bound Scholarship proved to be a fantastic three weeks of challenging and life-affirming activities at Loch Eil Outward bound centre. With a group of seven others from the UK and the Netherlands, we swam in lochs and rivers, hiked and climbed up mountains (including Ben Nevis) and learned to kayak. The highlight proved to be our group’s independent four-day kayaking trip from Inverness along the Caledonian canal, down Loch Ness, Loch Lochy and Loch Oich, carrying all of our provisions and camping on beaches, with only occasional contact from the instructor. I have memories of problem solving, perseverance and pleasure!

The personal development aspect of the programme included an emphasis on leadership skills and service which were important throughout my sixth year in my duties as a prefect at school and in other extra-curricular activities.

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