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NDS not only offers a friendly working atmosphere, but also the enthusiasm to drive projects through to completion, to make a clinical difference. - Katie

Katie hurst

"Having worked within the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences as an Academic Foundation doctor, Clinical Fellow and DPhil student, I have developed fantastic working relationships with my seniors and they have willingly supported my academic progress. Under the mentorship of Professor Ashok Handa, and the support of Professor Freddie Hamdy, I have learnt key skills in pursuing an academic surgical career and more importantly how to balance both clinical and academic medicine.

NDS not only offers a friendly working atmosphere, but also the enthusiasm to drive projects through to completion, to make a clinical difference. Studying in Oxford, supported by the UK’s number one research facility is not only a fantastic opportunity, but also an honour as a junior doctor embarking on an academic career.

Within the Department of Vascular Surgery, I am mentored by a clinical lecturer and academic professors, all of whom provide excellent support and teaching. I have access to the Surgical Intervention Trials Unit (SITU) for assistance in clinical studies and trial support, and attend regular teaching provided by the University on a variety of evidence based healthcare topics. Within a growing academic department I feel actively involved in pioneering research, and able to propose and complete new research ideas with guidance and support.

Teaching is also a significant part of NDS, with weekly Surgical Grand Rounds, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching opportunities and academic away days. All of these can be easily accessed.

As a NDS DPhil student, I am currently analyzing potential biomarkers in the development and progression of Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease (PAOD). This research has been funded by the Oxford-Wolfson-Marriott-Patel Graduate Scholarship in Surgical Sciences, for which I was awarded in 2017.

Although it is difficult to say exactly what my future holds, I primarily plan to pursue a clinical lectureship during the next stages of my surgical training."

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