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ACF in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr Catriona Murray (2009)

Pathway to an ACF position

Catriona initially completed an undergraduate science degree and subsequently completed a graduate entry medical programme. It was the prospect of combining clinical and academic work, all the while in preparation for a higher degree (Clinical DPhil) that led to her application for an ACF.

What does the work involve?

Catriona’s ACF has an educational theme. Her main project is developing an e-learning module for the management of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. This pilot study will be tested in Nigeria, India and Mexico. Catriona has travelled to Nigeria and India, working with and learning from doctors and other healthcare professionals there. Her research had given her a unique insight into the particular constraints of the healthcare system in these countries. Catriona will be presenting her research at the 19th FIGO World Conference in Cape Town later this year.

Aside from her research, Catriona also enjoys teaching basic clinical skills to Worcester College undergraduates. Additionally, to keep up to date with the advances in her field, Catriona co-writes a monthly article on What’s New Worldwide in Women’s Health for the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Catriona is also involved in the Women’s health section of the NHS online information resource.

Why Oxford?

Catriona chose Oxford because quite simply she ‘loves the people, the place and the opportunities’. Whilst she finds balancing clinical commitments with academic demands can be difficult at times, her ACF post has broadened her horizons and altered her perspectives through the opportunities made available to her at Oxford.