I have been involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate education, having been trained in presentation skills, delivering lectures, and on interactive video link teaching including remote television teaching, my role is now that of a trainer.
My commitment to undergraduate teaching remains a priority and includes one-to-one teaching in the outpatients, team teaching on the wards and formal lectures to undergraduates and postgraduates. We strive to ensure that our trainees become fully involved in all aspects of our clinical practice, audit and research. In vascular surgery we have regular clinical meetings and a postgraduate x-ray meeting with the vascular radiologists and trainees in both surgery and radiology. The academic surgeons of the future need careful support in their approach to surgical training. They need to be identified and introduced to research method at an early stage and to this end, I supervise higher degree research for surgeons, cardiologists and scientists:
I founded the North West College of Academic Surgery to offer the opportunity of a career in academic surgery to high flying undergraduates and to rejuvenate academic surgery in the North West. I am joined in this venture by all the remaining surgical academics in Manchester and by approaching a dozen NHS colleagues who have demonstrated excellence in research or surgical education. Manchester achieved 3 academic clinical fellowships and a clinical lecturer in surgery.