Find out more about the team behind @BecomingaDr…
Raj is the founder of @BecomingaDr and the National Health Careers Conference. He was a representative on the National Health Service (NHS) Medical Careers Steering Group from 2014 – 2016 and co-authored a book for prospective medical students with his peers. He was awarded the Sir John Ellis Prize, a national award from the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) for his work on the design of a new medical curriculum at King’s College London. This work was invited for presentation and received a distinction at Stanford University, USA.
His interests include innovation, widening participation, medical education, patient safety, global health, digital health and leadership. Raj was awarded a Telluride Scholarship in 2015 to attend the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety (USA) and is also a faculty member on Barts X Medicine, the UK’s first digital health module for medical students at Queen Mary University of London. He completed his MBA project with Health Education England on the impact of global learning on medical student competencies, this work has been presented at the Medical Schools Council and the Royal Society of Medicine. He has been appointed Honorary Research Fellow, Global Health at Health Education England and Clinical Entrepreneur fellow at NHS England since 2017. He was recently recognised with the national New Leader’s award 2019 and the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Champions Award 2019.
Brandon is a PhD student in Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge, intercalating as a 4th year medical student. He holds a first class BSc (Hons) degree after previously intercalating in Anatomy at King’s College London, where he will continue the MBBS programme in the coming years.
His interests include medical education and scientific communication, and is currently an Editor at the Brainbook Charity, producing social media content pertaining to Neurosurgery for a public audience. In a similar fashion, he leads the Enhanced Abstract Review Panel of the NEUROSURGERY publication group, one of the first journal panels focussed on the alternative means of dissemination of academic research. Outside of public engagement, his passions span into the fields of surgical innovation and simulator development, and is an enthusiast in the fields of 3-D printing, prosthetics and electronics. Brandon is part of the @BecomingaDr team and National Health Careers Conference Team.
My name is Meghna and I’m currently a fourth-year medical student at the University of Liverpool with a keen interest in global health and medical education. At university, I am involved in the peer medics society and work to organise teaching sessions for fellow students. Through being part of the becoming a doctor team, I hope to help widen participation in medicine and be a part of the National Health Careers Conference team.
During my time at sixth form I helped set up a medical society run by students for students. This was aimed at students in years 12 and 13 who wanted to explore their interest in medicine with other like-minded students, we were able to discuss everything from topical issues in medical ethics to the medical school application process itself. I hope to share my experience and help other students be a part of such a society through our outreach programme and creating resources for tool kits.
Kristen is am Academic Foundation Year 2 Doctor in the North East of England, he graduated from Lancaster Medical School and undertook a Masters of Research in Medical Sciences at Newcastle University. His interests include rheumatology and medical education.
He was awarded a Clegg Scholarship at the Student British Medical Journal and British Student of the Year Award. Kristen is responsible for the @becomingadr medical student projects and recruitment of Ambassadors at each university as the Medical Student Lead @becomingadr. He is also part of the National Health Careers Conference Team.
Sunny has over five years experience in producing events and advising private, corporate and charitable sector organisations in event management. He has a strong international reaching portfolio, Sunny is highly creative, motivated and has a strong academic base with a Masters and BA Honours degree in Accounting and Finance.
He founded the Explosive Group and this work has led the company to perform at events across the UK and worldwide including Dubai, Europe & India. Previous clients include global TV networks, healthcare organisations, leading food & automotive brands, London 2012 and international sporting arenas across the UK. His company has produced corporate events for small and large organisations in a range of sectors. Sunny is the Conference and Events Consultant @becomingadr and Event Director at the National Health Careers Conference.
Declan is an Academic Foundation Doctor in the North East of England. He graduated from Norwich Medical School, University East Anglia and intercalated in a Masters in Research of Medical and Molecular Bioscience at Newcastle University. He has a keen interest in academia particularly in plastic surgery, ENT surgery and Ophthalmology.
In addition, Declan has a great passion to inspire, enthuse and assist students from under-represented backgrounds to strive towards a career in medicine and health sciences. Hence, he has established a student-led Widening Participation to medicine scheme at his medical school and was the 2017 Student BMJ Clegg Scholar in Widening Participation in Medicine. Declan is part of the @BecomingaDr team and has been developing resources for Interview preparation.
Cameron is currently a medical student at Imperial College London, he studied pre-clinical medicine at Churchill College, Cambridge. He has strong interests in widening access, innovation and in sport. Cameron recently presented our work at the annual TASME (Trainees in the Association for the Study of Medical Education) conference.
Sukrit has a keen interest in surgery, he read Medicine at King’s College London and completed the foundation programme in London. He completed his medical elective at Johns Hopkins in the USA. Sukrit was President of King’s College London Surgical Society, Lead for a national and global surgical research collaborative as well as bring a student Ambassador for the University. Sukrit is dedicated to supporting aspiring medical students and is an enthusiastic mentor. He is part of the outreach team as well as the National Health Careers Conference Team.
Outside of the world of medicine, Abbie is a Sherlock Holmes fanatic and runs a blog documenting life in Med School.
Guleed is currently an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Neurology at the University of Liverpool and the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust. He did his undergraduate medical training at King’s College London, graduating with a distinction in his MBBS and a 1st Class intercalated BSc in Philosophy. During his time at medical school he completed a neurology clerkship as a visiting medical student at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, supported by a Royal College of Physicians London elective award and a KCL Lightfoot Scholarship.
I’m Amy, I’ve just finished my second year of Medicine at the University of Oxford and I’m from Manchester. I’m currently undertaking a research project in Oxford’s Psychology Department looking at working memory in infants as part of my intercalated BA degree. I really enjoy volunteering and outreach work both at home and university; I was lucky to receive a lot of help from my sixth form with my medical school application, so I’d like to be able to share my experiences and knowledge to help other people to apply.
I also want to challenge some of the stereotypes that surround studying medicine, especially at Oxford, to show it’s not the intimidating and impossibly difficult experience that it’s sometimes portrayed as!
Rebecca is an Academic clinical fellow in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. She undertook a BSc in Clinical Pharmacology and Translational medicine during medical school. Rebecca went on to do an academic foundation programme in medical education and is developing her teaching skills by doing a PG certificate in medical education. She enjoys the variety involved in Academic clinical pharmacology; particularly in developing skills in clinical medicine, education and research. Rebecca is an Ambassador @BecomingaDr
Anthony is a GP trainee in North West London. He is currently one of the National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellows, working at NHS Digital on projects in interoperability and integrating community pharmacy services across care settings.
He is a passionate advocate for equality and diversity and works as Health Adviser to PinkNews, the world’s most read LGBT+ media publisher. He has advised on LGBT+ policy across a range of organisations and is a vocal campaigner for LGBT+ rights. As one of the co-leads for TEDxNHS, Anthony works with a team of volunteers to provide a platform to the untold extraordinary stories of NHS patients and staff.
Anthony says, “Medicine remains a truly unique career, full of opportunities to improve the quality of care delivered to patients through a number of different avenues. With the digital revolution finally starting to transform the world of healthcare, medicine will become an even more exciting profession than ever before.” Anthony is an Ambassador @BecomingaDr
Ollie has just completed an undergraduate degree in Cellular & Molecular Biology at Newcastle University and will undertake an accelerated medical programme at the University of Warwick. He is a keen guitarist and music lover, and writes on an array of topics including science and technology.
He keeps a daily blog of medical school life and wants to help other graduates make their way successfully to medical school. Ollie is the Graduate Entry Student Representative @becomingadr.
Sophie is a second-year medical student at Cardiff University. In 2017, she graduated from BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences at the University of South Wales before joining Cardiff Medical School on their postgraduate medicine A101 feeder scheme. During her time at university, Sophie founded and was president of the USW Medical Preparation Society aimed at helping fellow peers through clinical workshops and entry exam prep, alongside her work as a course ambassador and student mentor.
Sophie was awarded “Most inspirational Student” for the academic year 2016/2017 and is a candidate for the BMA Cymru Wales’ Sherman Fund Award which encourages wider access to medical studies within Wales. Her medical interests include pathology, physiology and anaesthetics. Sophie is the lead for non-traditional applicants, mentoring and study skill support @becomingadr
Hiya! I’m Gloria, a Danish-born Nigerian and a final-year medic at Nottingham. I’m really interested in psychiatry and neurology, and in developing a career that allows me to engage with all my passions. As an interviewer for the Student Doctor Network, I get to talk to physicians and surgeons who have crafted amazing portfolio careers for themselves. In my spare time, I read a lot, jog sometimes, and I (think I can) write poems.
Vinay is a medical student at the University of Bristol, currently intercalating in Medical Humanities (BA). This involves studying the History and Philosophy of Medicine, as well as exploring medical themes in English Literature. He is also interested in research and health policy.
Vinay says ‘I struggled to get into medicine first time round because I didn’t play to my strengths when I applied. I ended up going for universities whose selection process highlighted the weaknesses in my application. Second time round, I was much smarter in my choices and got an offer fairly early on. I hope I can use my experiences to give helpful and practice advise to all prospective medical applicants’.
Luke is the Research and Evaluation Lead @becomingaDr. He is currently in his sixth and final year of studying medicine at the University of Cambridge. He currently holds a B.A. in Pathology after intercalating during his third year. Clinically, he is interested in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology.
He is passionate about widening participation to medicine and has taken part and organised numerous schemes during his time at university. Being the first in his family to go to university, he understands some of the challenges faced by students who lack family or school support, so is keen to address this through his work.
He will be starting work in Ipswich Hospital next year after securing a place on the EBH academic foundation programme in medical education. During his foundation programme he hopes to be able to continue his work on widening participation by conducting research into this area.
Matt is based at the Cabinet office. He held the role of editor of the Student BMJ since 2014 and was responsible for its content and product development across digital, print and live formats. His interests are patient centred healthcare, digital medical education and user experience research.
Previously, he worked in product development roles at BMJ as an editorial intern for The BMJ. Between 2012 – 2014, he led BMJ’s involvement in a European Commission funded project called Tell Me, which provided guidance for governments on how best to communicate risk to the public during pandemics. He graduated with MA in Publishing from the London College of Communication in 2010. Matt is an Advisor @becomingadr
Jack recently graduated from Newcastle Medical School. He holds a first class B.A. (Hons) degree in Creative Writing and English literature from De Montfort University and a Diploma in Medical Studies from Durham University.
Jack is currently Digital Content Editor at Sethi Health and involved in a number of projects. He is working on creating innovative resources for clinical medical students and exploring creative ways of learning. Have a look at his article on revising for medical school exams here. Jack is the Medical Education Lead @becomingadr
Emma is a fourth year medical student at the University of Cambridge. She holds a first class B.A. (Hons) degree after intercalating in Engineering. She will be starting a PhD in Computer Science at Cambridge, combining her interests in artificial intelligence and Medicine. Throughout her time as a student, she has undertaken research projects, with experience in wet lab and computational projects.
She is passionate about supporting prospective medical students applying to Oxbridge and current medical students to find and develop research projects. Emma is the Oxbridge applications and Research Lead @becomingadr
Sandeep is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist leading young people’s eating disorder services and Director of clinical networks at North West Boroughs NHS Foundation Trust. She is a professional media expert for the charity BEAT, Royal College of Psychiatrists and regular contributor to a range of newspapers and magazines. She mentors and coaches doctors and supports the diversity in leadership agenda nationally.
She was appointed Strategic Clinical Network lead for Greater Manchester Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (NHS England, 2014) and part of the ministerial task- force (Future in Mind, 2015). Sandeep is an Advisor @becomingadr
Matt is an Intensive Care Doctor, Scientist, Computer Programmer, Teacher and Geek interested in machine learning, medical education and public engagement. He undertook his PhD in Artificial Intelligence and has been part of major BMJ educational technology projects. He is Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine & Head of Research and Development at the Cardiff University School of Medicine. Matt is an Advisor @becomingadr