This post is dedicated to my Wife, Doctor Heather Marshall (aka Mrs Marshall, Dr McCallum, Mother Bear!) who – after 19 years of hard graft, perseverance, dedication – has achieved one of her life’s ambitions, becoming a fully qualified, independent medical practitioner.
After completing secondary education in 1996 Heather applied for medical school but, unfortunately due to the highly competitive nature of entry, was not accepted; being told to complete another degree first. Heather utilised this as motivation to complete an Honours Degree in Anatomical Science, graduating in 2000, and demonstrating her aptitude as a teacher/trainer by working as an anatomy demonstrator.
At this point Heather once again applied for medical schooland was immediately accepted. During her 5-year medical degree, graduating in 2005, Heather once again demonstrated her passion for training through peer-tutoring.
During this degree Heather confirmed her desire to pursue a career as a plastic surgeon, and incidentally met a handsome chap!
After graduation Heather completed her 2-year foundation degree training, with NHS Lothian, undertaking training in: General Surgery; Orthopaedics; Acute Medicine; Neurology; A&E; Neurosurgery; and Genitourinary (GUM) Medicine.
A move to Newcastle for a year (2007-2008) undertaking Specialty Training saw Heather complete General Surgery, Orthopaedics and Plastic Surgery rotations. Heather also successfully completed all three parts of her MRCS exams first time.
After another move, this time to Glasgow, Heather undertook a year of Specialty Training in a Plastic Surgery post. At this point she decided that a change of specialism was in order.
As a result, in 2009 Heather started her 4-year training programme (it changed from 3-years at this point) to become a General Practitioner (GP). In 2010 Heather became the first GP trainee to apply for the NHS Management Training Scheme (Clinical), which she successfully completed in 2012. Despite a less than enthusiastic Training Programme Director, Heather also successfully completed her RCGP exams first time, whilst 8-months pregnant.
During her time as a trainee doctor Heather completed: a number of audits; worked on a number of committees; completed a variety of other medical-related courses; as well as completing a plethora of mandatory summative and formative licencing/work requirements. Oh yeah, Heather was also pregnant with our two sons, which extended her training by two years.
So, finally we get to April 2015. Heather is now a fully qualified, independent GP and enjoys the role. It is a pressurised but rewarding role and she looks forward to the future, with an eye to training/teaching the next generation.
We are all very proud of your achievements. Kisses, Hugs & a Big Well Done from your Family: Andy, Reece & Ryan.