CL in General Surgery
Dr Gurdeep Mannu
PATHWAY TO A CLINICAL LECTURESHIP
I became interested in research during my undergraduate studies. I got involved in different types of research and thoroughly enjoyed it. I completed an academic clinical fellowship in Oxford and then completed my DPhil. I was then awarded an NIHR academic clinical lecturer in general surgery and this was followed by a CRUK Clinician Scientist Fellowship.
WHAT DOES THE WORK INVOLVE?
The clinical lecturer role requires careful time management skills to balance clinical and research priorities. This can be demanding and challenging at times, but I have found the role to be rewarding and satisfying too.
During my career journey I have experimented with a number of different approaches to balancing clinical and research time. I currently undertake periods of full-time clinical training and full-time research and have found this to work well for the type of research that I am undertaking. Oxford has a wealth of opportunities for research training and I have found these to be most helpful. My role also allows me to be involved in undergraduate teaching, which I find particularly enjoyable.
My experience as a clinical lecturer has reaffirmed my career motivation to work an academic clinician.
I chose Oxford due to its international reputation for research excellence. During my time here, I have had the opportunity to learn and collaborate with leaders in my field. I have met many supportive mentors and like-minded individuals who have helped me to fulfil my research goals.