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50 at 50: Nottingham, a centre of excellence for stroke rehabilitation research

It is almost 38 years since I first stepped inside Queen’s Medical Centre, nervous and excited about my impending interview for a job covering the medical wards as a senior occupational therapist. What incredibly good fortune to be appointed to the job. My life and career have never looked back since that day!  Under the leadership of Professors Tony Mitchell, Shah Ebrahim, Nadina Lincoln and …

50 at 50: Life Lessons From A Current Medical Student

As you approach your first day of medical school, many of you will be excitedly (or nervously) looking up videos on whether to use Anki or Quizlet, reading blog posts of people telling you you don’t need a colander, and trying to figure out whether those nightclub tickets you bought are a scam or not. Although the advice in this blog may not seem like the information you …

50 at 50: Care Leavers and Higher Education

In my three years as a medical student at the University of Nottingham, I have had the privilege of working across the University with one overriding focus. This focus is improving the visibility and accessibility of care leavers, in medicine, and in higher education (HE) more widely. In other words, widening participation in higher education. …

50 at 50: Reflections on a year of Covid-19 from a clinical academic perspective

A new disease…, a new patient group…, new clinic requirements … and of course new opportunities for clinical research…, there is nothing like a pandemic to jolt a clinical academic who had been focusing primarily on one long-term lung disease and thought she had the next few years worth of research mapped out.  Whilst the onslaught of severely ill patients with Covid-19 admitted to …

50 at 50: Lincoln Medical School

Although the 50 at 50 blog is part of the 50:30 celebrations at the Nottingham Medical School, it could really be called 30/50/1.  2020 marked 30 years of nursing/ 50 years of the Nottingham Medical School/ and 1 year of the Lincoln Medical School (LMS), which is a partnership with the University of Lincoln.  2019 …

50 at 50: Transforming healthcare: High explosive treatment for treatment of stroke

I have been in Nottingham since 1998 having previously been a Clinical Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in South-West then South-East London. My research and clinical interest in nitric oxide, a gas comprising a molecule of just one oxygen and nitrogen atom, started when working for my MD postgraduate research degree at the “University of Beckenham”, …

50 at 50: Tamra’s Notes

Starting Medical School I was nervous about the concept of full body dissection. I had shown preference for it across the board in my application, but without any real understanding of what it would mean to me to be in a room full of cadavers.  In year one I struggled with the sheer volume of work and attention to detail that Anatomy demanded. …

50 at 50: Covid-19: Looking after your mental health

Modern medicine is growing exponentially and has consistently showcased how we are becoming capable of combating both mental and physical health. In a vocation where irregularities are persistent and intense challenges become the norm, I think I speak for us all when I say that no one could have predicted the devasting impact COVID-19 has had …

50 at 50: Developing as an Early Career Researcher

I took a relatively untraditional journey to the University of Nottingham’s School of Medicine. Starting with an undergraduate degree in Musicology, I shifted to Psychology for my PhD, and when the opportunity arose to move to Nottingham’s Hearing Sciences department a few years later, I jumped at the chance. My interests have always centred on …

50 at 50: The experience of undertaking CP1 during the Covid-19 pandemic

Clinical placement is a time for us medical students to put into practice all of the skills and academic knowledge we have learnt to date. Additionally, it is a time to realise that when you’re asked a question when you first start on the wards, no matter how simple it is, your mind will go …