London Calling…

So, late in January, on a cold wet day, I set off on a day trip to London. I always enjoy being in London and today I was meeting Andrew to observe two very different meetings. The first meeting was the Board meeting at the Royal Brompton Hospital. Andrew is a Non-Executive Director of the board, and I was able to observe the discussions at the meeting; ranging from an IT Update to Clinical Quality reports to finances. Andrew kindly organised it so would be sat just behind him allowing him to clarify terminology for me. After the meeting I spoke to some of the other non-executive directors, who were all very friendly, and it was great to meet other leaders from other professions.

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Meeting the former BUPA Medical Director (Blog 1)

Hi all, I’m Jessica and I’m a 4th year medical student at Birmingham. I was incredibly lucky to be given the opportunity to be mentored by Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, the former BUPA Medical Director. I was so pleased to have been ‘matched’ with Andrew as we share interests, especially with the British Medical Association (BMA) and we have both experienced being on a BMA committee whilst the Junior Doctor Contract negotiations were ongoing, albeit a few years apart, so it’s fantastic being mentored by someone who understands the issues surrounding it and provides insightful points. We first met in October on the night of the 5 Year Celebration of Mentoring Event. Continue reading

Finding things in common with my mentor (Blog 1)

Following the exchange of a few emails, Andrew and I met for the first time today down at the King’s Fund, just off  Cavendish Square in central London. We didn’t have a formal agenda, so we used our meeting slot to break the ice and learn more about each other. Andrew was interested to hear about my career plans, which are still very open to amendment. I explained that though I aim to become involved with medical leadership, I’m not sure how far I want to take this – I don’t think I’d want to completely stop clinical practice because I enjoy it too much. Continue reading

An Early Start (Blog 1)

I first met up with my mentor, Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, in the Guild of Students the weekend before the autumn term began. He had got in touch via email over the summer and was keen to meet and get the ball rolling in terms on the mentorship. I was initially very nervous on our first meeting; as term hadn’t started I had yet to attend the Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme (ALMP) training provided by the Careers Network and so I was worried about making a terrible first impression.

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When 2 Medics get talking (Blog 1)

Dear Blog,

Well where to start, my first few months of the Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme have provided me with much to think about, as well as some very memorable moments! (and it would appear it has been so much fun that this blog reaches you a bit late.. but hopefully it means I will have lots to say!). Well, it seems sensible to start at the beginning (I believe someone once said that that was a very good place to start!).

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