I Love My MD – Dr Oliver Old, University of Exeter
So my name is Oliver Old, I’m a Surgical Trainee currently working at Gloucester Hospitals and at Exeter University I did a Doctorate in Medicine. So my research focused on methods for early diagnosis for oesophageal cancer.
Oesophageal cancer is a type of cancer that unfortunately has very poor survival rates in the UK and across the world. We aimed to improve detection of this cancer at an early stage when it can be treated ultimately hoping to get better outcomes for patients. The research was an opportunity for me to focus on an area interest for myself which was wonderful to have that time dedicated solely to one area of medicine. It’s informed my practice in dealing with patients with this condition, Barrett’s oesophagus, certainly improved the care that I’m able to give those patients. It’s also a chance for me to shape my career interests in a number of different ways. In my future career I hope to both practice clinical medicine and remain engaged in clinical research to improve outcomes for patients, particularly in this area of Barrett’s oesophagus and oesophageal cancer, but also more widely. I think the MD is a brilliant opportunity to spend a period of time dedicated to your own interests, to pursue your own interests and goals and shape your career. Certainly what it’s done for me and I would recommend that to anybody else. As an opportunity for me it’s been wonderful and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in doing the same thing.