When I learnt that Imperial College was interested in GP tutors, I jumped at it. Since then, I have been teaching CMT students who attend my clinics in groups and more recently I was delighted to be a PACES examiner for final year medical students. Imperial students are undoubtedly very special individuals, who are not only intelligent and smart, but also diligent, disciplined, inquisitive and creative. They learn and discuss ethical and social issues with the same attention and dedication as they do cardiovascular diseases. They have an excellent understanding that medicine is not simply about mentally storing a lot of information, but about using this information in a wider setting under many different circumstances.
Our discussions are enriching allowing me to learn and reflect on my daily practice. All Imperial College students I have dealt with share a common commitment of becoming well rounded, professional doctors with a very clear understanding of their future role in the Community. My recent experience as a PACES examiner has impressed me that the candidates examined are very worthy to now be titled as doctors. If my teaching and examining efforts can help create future GPs or specialists more aware of the many factors affecting medicine, I would be happy to have contributed to a stronger and improved Community.
Dr J Crespo, MD, MRCGP, MBA, AIRM, LLB, LLM