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New faces at UCLMS

There are lots of new faces at UCLMS this term. Get to know them better below:

Lisa Doyle

My name is Lisa Doyle and I will be working as the GMC Project Events Administrator. My previous role was a Client Services Assistant in a Financial Training Company based in Moorgate. I returned from living and working in Melbourne, Australia in December 2010. I lived there for 3 years and worked as an Education Programs Administrator for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

I have a BA Joint Hon’s Degree in Sociology and Psychology which I obtained from Leeds Metropolitan University. I have had various different Administration roles in a number of industries: from Hotel’s and Financial Consultancies to a Sales and Marketing office selling Wood, Walnut and Wine Plantations!

I love travelling, cooking, socialising and keeping fit. I also enjoy making greeting cards. I think my biggest achievement to date is running two marathons for charity: the London Marathon in 2006 and the Melbourne Marathon in 2008. After my second marathon I finally came to my senses and have hung up my running shoes. I generally only run on the machine in the gym now!!

Dan Furmedge

I am an NIHR academic clinical fellow in medical education at UCL, currently in my CT2 year of core medical training, planning on geriatric and general medicine from next year. I graduated from King’s College London in 2009 and completed my Foundation Training at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals. I have had a keen interest in teaching since a young age and medical education since a medical student.

My main areas of interest are undergraduate education, particularly assessment, selection and junior doctor teaching though I am hoping that I will get a wide range of experience whilst at UCLMS. I am also interested in prescribing and patient safety. I am hoping to build on my experiences as a medical educator and during my time at UCL I will also be starting the PG Cert in Medical Education. I am aiming to undertake projects which are looking at workplace based assessments, junior doctor teaching of undergraduates and introducing DOPS for prescribing but am open to suggestions and ideas for other projects. Though my time here will initially be short (six months), I will be back for a further three month placement in the next academic year.

Emmy Green

I’ve joined the Medical School as Divisional Staffing Assistant Administrator and I work with Vicky Cooper at the Archway campus, where I’m involved in staffing and HR administrative support. My role will mainly be focused around sessional and part-time staffing administration with specific responsibility for this within the team of Vertical Modules tutors. Here l work with Tara-Lynnn Poole implementing HR practices around recruitment and selection, new starters, contracts and induction as well as development of staffing support mechanisms.

I have previously worked within Education at the University of the Arts, London as a Senior Administrator and been based within Student areas in Registry. I moved on within the University of the Arts to work on restructuring projects which involved managing change, with a particular focus on staffing and operations, communications and transfer of information between management and support staff.

l am pleased to be a part of UCL Medical School at this exciting time and I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Leila Mehdizadeh

I joined ACME in June as the Research Associate working on the GMC’s Fitness to Practice project. I have a background in psychology but became interested in medical education through my recently completed doctoral studies. My thesis made suggestions for training programmes to improve the clinical judgements and decisions of doctors.

I am a Yorkshire lass (born and bred) and a proud Northerner. I refuse to change my regional accent to make myslef better understood! From time to time, you may hear me complaining about commuting in London, the price of fish and chips, and the lack of recognition Londoners give to life outside the M25.

Despite the above, I am excited about working in London and particularly welcome the opportunity to continue in the field of medical education at one of the UK’s leading universities. I am looking forward to contributing to UCL.

Eleana Ntatsaki

I joined the UCL Medical School Clinical Teaching Fellows team in August 2012. I have just completed my 3rd year of specialist training in Rheumatology  but have always had an interest in Medical Education. During my clinical rotations in District General and University hospitals, I taught undergraduate students from various medical schools (mainly Cambridge University and UEA) appreciating the varied approaches to learning within traditional and PBL-based curricula.

I am currently studying for a Masters degree in Medical Education, which has introduced me to contemporary educational theories and the methodology of educational research. My research interests are broad but I am most interested in workplace-based learning and the development of assessment tools that capture informal learning.

As a CTF I am mainly involved with the GMC project and the Test of Competence exams for doctors, but also with ongoing projects within ACME and UCL Medical School. Outside medicine, I enjoy music and dancing, hence I am enthused to be returning to London as I also look forward to catching up with the vibrant dance, music and theatre scene.

Laura-Jane Smith

I graduated from Kings College, Cambridge University in 2006 and spent my Foundation years in and around Cambridge.  I have always had an interest in teaching and had several teaching roles during my Foundation training.

I came to UCLH for Core Medical Training, during which I set up a Twilight Clinical Teaching programme engaging junior doctors in teaching, and supporting them with a “Training to Teach” development course. In my Clinical life I am a Respiratory Registrar in North East Thames, and recently survived my first year as a Medical Registrar.

I am a full time Clinical Teaching Fellow at ACME and have started the PG Cert at UCL/RCP. My interests within Medical Education are diverse, but I am currently focusing on evaluating the MBBS 2012 curriculum, reviewing the Clinical Skills curriculum, running the UCL student ePortfolio, supporting junior doctors as medical educators and working on various areas of student assessment throughout the course. I am looking forward to taking over running PALS next year. I also have an interest in social media, professionalism and the digital identity of medical students and doctors. You can find me on Twitter @_elljay_

Emily Unwin

Having graduated from UCLMS in 2006 I have returned to study towards a PhD.  The topic of my PhD is investigating the poor performance of doctors who are referred to the GMC.  I am very much looking forward to with working with the different members of the ACME team and learning more about the GMC Fitness to Practice procedures.



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