At school I considered either medicine or law as possible careers – finally opting for medicine as I preferred the idea of fixing people’s problems rather than arguing about them.
During medical school I decided that surgery was for me – the immediacy of acute surgery was appealing along with the physical challenge of performing surgery. There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of seeing a patient recover well from an operation – there is always a special personal link between a surgeon and a patient.
Training for surgery is long and arduous – mine was complicated by periods away on missions for Medecins Sans Frontieres and the HALO Trust and deployments abroad with the Army.
During this period I managed to keep the examinations going at home and fulfil the training requirements to qualify as a trained specialist in 2001, twelve years after leaving medical school.