Team effort aims to master urological expertise

Consultants at Addenbrooke’s Hospital are passing on years of knowledge to junior doctors by developing a degree course for aspiring young urologists, which is one of the first of its kind in the UK.

A team of seven consultants from the Department of Urology are collaborating with academics at Anglia Ruskin University on a two year distance learning research-based Masters degree that allows junior doctors to have full time jobs while they study.

The course delivers lectures, clinical attachments, and distance learning modules in its first year and self-driven research in the second.

Four junior doctors Lisa Farquhar, Asif Ansar, Mohammed, Abu Yousif and Mostafa Ragab have just become the first to be awarded their Master’s degree at a university ceremony at Cambridge Corn Exchange on 18 October 2018.

Since they started there have been another three intakes, attracting junior doctors from all over the world including India, Pakistan and Australia.

Urology consultant Suzanne Biers, who is course leader and honorary senior lecturer, said the intention is to provide skills and experience in research to improve career progression and foster the next generation of research-minded urologists.

Suzanne said: “The celebrations at the Corn Exchange were very special because the master’s course is one of the first of its kind in the UK and the four students were the first to complete it.

“We are incredibly proud to have this opportunity to work with colleagues at Anglia Ruskin to preserve and pass on knowledge that has been acquired within this department over many years and is constantly developing.”

Anglia Ruskin University MCh Urology course leader, Dr Francesca Panin, added: “We are delighted to working in collaboration with CUH on something that is unique, and improves the knowledge of doctors who work in a particularly challenging area of medicine.”

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