Prize winning junior doctor praises hospital’s teaching
12 August 2015
After spending a year at Southend University Hospital as a junior doctor Mark Gregory, 28 originally from Surrey but living in Southend, is leaving walking tall because he has just been awarded the Best F1 doctor’s prize.
Humbled by the recognition he has received as part of the annual
internal awards to recognise the contribution of junior doctors, he
said: "I was really surprised to win, there are lots of F1s here
and everyone works really hard. There are many who deserved the
award just as much as I did."
Mark was also highly commended for the Judi Sharpe Scholarship
for Teaching and Educational Excellence award, won a Foundation
Teaching Excellence Merit and a Quality Improvement Merit, seeing
him be the most decorated FI this year at the hospital.
Not bad going for his first year, he qualified in July 2014 and
started working at Southend University Hospital in August last
year. That year has seen a fantastic learning curve for
junior doctors like Mark and he has nothing but respect for the
place and the people who work there.
This last year there were 36 F1 doctors, 39 F2 doctors and
approximately another 141 doctors in training posts at
Southend. There are around 490 doctors in total, (181
consultants and over 90 doctors in non-training posts such as
clinical fellows, staff grade and associate specialists).
Mark said: "Southend is a great place to come as a junior
doctor, it's a very friendly place with lots of great training
opportunities. I've learnt a massive amount of medicine and surgery
from the seniors and consultants, who are always keen to teach.
"It's full of fantastic consultants who are willing to make time
for teaching. There's lots of support from seniors at all times.
It's also a big hospital with many specialist services on site so
there's plenty to get experience in. There is also a brilliant
support network with the team at the Education centre who are
always more than happy to help."
Mark, who previously trained at Barts and the London Medical
School prior to moving to Southend is now moving to Queens Hospital
in Romford, but that certainly doesn't mean he hasn't ruled out a
return to the wards and corridors of Southend Hospital.
He concluded: "I would definitely look to come back to Southend
in the future. It would be great to return and work again in more
senior roles with the consultants I've met here. I would recommend
Southend as a great place to start your career as a doctor."
Katie Palmer, medical education manager at the hospital added:
"I think that Southend Hospital offers our junior doctors excellent
learning and developmental opportunities, dedicated and supportive
consultants and clinical colleagues and a friendly and efficient
medical education team. All of those who have been shortlisted or
won awards like Mark are a credit to themselves and the
Scholarship for Teaching and Education Excellence
Winner: Douglas McKechnie
Best F1 Doctor's
winner: Dr Mark Gregory
Highly commended: Dr Omar Abdel-Hadi and Dr Neha Ahuja
TRAINEE MERIT AWARDS
TRAINEE MERIT AWARDS
IN FOUNDATION - NETFS AWARD
Contribution Merit Award in recognition of outstanding committee
Andrew Burgess (F2)
Nicky Verber (F2)
Omar Abdel-Hadi (F1)
Christine Hesketh (F1)
Image: Mark Gregory with one of his certificates outside
the Education Centre at the hospital