Personal beliefs, faith and Medical Practice – call for a universal code of tolerance

I am sure if there was a finishing school for public sector workers in leadership roles then rule #1 would be never talk about sex, politics or religion. It always gets you into trouble! I am certainly not looking for trouble or controversy but I do want to highlight to you a GMC document released… Continue reading »


A Time for Change

This may not be my last blog but it will be my most difficult to write. After 24 years here in Birmingham and 3 years as your Dean I have decided to move “up north” to take on the role of Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds, but with a… Continue reading »


The Francis Report – why it matters for The Medical School and for you as students ….

The final report of the Mid-Staffs Public Inquiry (known as “The Francis Report”) was published on Feb 6th 2013 (http://www.midstaffspublicinquiry.com/report).  The report was instigated by the Secretary of State for Health in an attempt to explore the reasons behind an excessive number of deaths – estimated to be somewhere between 400 and1200 – that arose… Continue reading »


Festive wishes from the Medical School Dean’s Office

Festive wishes from the Medical School Dean’s Office Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and every success in 2013 from Jamie  Coleman Michael Gammage Prem Kumar Kate Thomas Paul Stewart


Basic Life Support at the University of Birmingham

One of the most pleasant (and I have to say most surprising) experiences as Dean is to witness first-hand the great things Students get up to outside “working hours”. Two weeks ago it was my own 30-year reunion back at Edinburgh Medical School and with it the opportunity to meet up with old friends. We… Continue reading »


The Olympic and Paralympic Legacy – Inspirational and Medicinal

It seems an age ago that Daniel Craig pushed HRH Queen Elizabeth from a helicopter hovering over London E20 into the Olympic park (that will now take her name), and thereby officially open the XXX Olympiad. And what an amazing two weeks it was! I like many of you I suspect, have shed a tear… Continue reading »


The Journey Home

The Medical School finds itself holding a collection of human skulls and bone fragments from many places around the world. The records relating to how the collection was formed are either not available or incomplete, so little is known about the origin of the items.  Our collection is not on display, and is not used… Continue reading »


You want to study Medicine? Let The Voice decide!

It is a miserable weekend and I am on call (no wine!). What else to do on a Saturday night but cosy up in front of the fire and sample terrestrial television. And I am pleasantly surprised ….. isn’t the Voice brilliant? Expecting the usual trashy reality TV shows and related pre Match-Of-The-Day garbage, The… Continue reading »


Speed, prostitution and the media – a dangerous triad!

It was Easter 1993 and I was feeling pretty pleased with myself. I had just secured a prestigious MRC Senior Clinical Fellowship and with it my Consultant contract. Life was looking good! You can probably see the smile on my face as we head south on the M5, kids in the back of the car,… Continue reading »


Role Models and Mentors …. A Fundamental Aspect of Medicine

OK, so what do David and Victoria Beckham, Frank Lampard, Keira Knightley (of Pirates of the Caribbean fame) and David Tennant (formerly Dr Who) have in common? According to a recent survey of teachers these were the leading individuals who British schoolchildren rated as their most popular role models. Closer to home the issue was… Continue reading »

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