Message from the Director
'' We live in exciting but challenging times for clinical academia. Never before have we had such a range of technological approaches to the study of human disease or such great opportunities for inter-disciplinary interactions, but the funding environment is probably less good than it has been for several decades. In these circumstances we must return to our core values and concentrate on picking significant but tractable problems to investigate and applying excellence wherever we can.
Clinical academia comes in many shapes and sizes with varying synergies between the pure science and the clinical ends of the spectrum – to move healthcare forwards both need to flourish. We are fortunate in Oxford in being part of a world-leading University with strengths right across this range. An important role of the Clinical Academic Graduate School is to link this depth and breadth of experience to the enthusiasm, energy and intelligence of the next generation of clinician scientists, using the experience present locally to provide the best possible mentorship. In this way we hope to support not only individuals but also the entire synergistic environment from which we all benefit.''
Professor Chris Pugh
Director, Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School, 2012-...
Message from the Founding Director, 2009
'' This is a golden age for Medicine. The application of the recent spectacular advances in biomedical science to clinical problems, and the interplay between them, have resulted in unprecedented insights into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. To realise fully the potential of future interactions, it is vital to educate doctors who are equally knowledgeable in both the clinical and biomedical sciences - the clinical academic.
Over very many years, Oxford Medicine has had an extraordinary record of achievement in both the clinical and biomedical sciences, ranging from Osler at the beginning of the 20th century, through Florey in the mid century, to Doll and Weatherall at the end. We are committed to continuing this success and, to do so, wish to recruit the best trainee clinical academics. To this end, we have set up the Oxford University Clinical Academic School which will provide the maximum opportunities to train in the best clinical and scientific environments.''