CL in Anaesthetics
Dr Tom Smith (2013)
Pathway to a Clinical Lectureship
Tom is Australian and trained in medicine at the University of Adelaide, where he developed interests in critical care and aerospace medicine. Following early post-graduate hospital training, he moved to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar to undertake a research doctorate in cardiopulmonary physiology. His research focussed on responses to reduced oxygen (hypoxia) in humans, and was combined with regular clinical shifts in intensive care. After completing his doctorate, he commenced an Academic Clinical Fellowship in anaesthetics at the John Radcliffe Hospital and University of Oxford, which enabled him to continue post-doctoral research and develop independent research projects as a Principal Investigator in hypoxia physiology and aerospace medicine. During this time he was also a Junior Research Fellow at University College, Oxford, and gained Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Tom then spent a year working full-time in aeromedical critical care in the UK and Australia, before taking up an NIHR Clinical Lectureship in anaesthetics.
What does the work involve?
As an NIHR Clinical Lecturer, Tom’s time is divided 50:50 between research and clinical activities. This has enabled him to apply for more substantial grant funding. Currently he is PI (Principal Investigator) for several studies in the broad field of hypoxia physiology, including studies in aerospace medicine. Tom is also involved in undergraduate student teaching and graduate student supervision, and is a Special Supernumerary Fellow of University College, Oxford.
Tom believes that this clinical lectureship provides an exceptional opportunity to advance academically and clinically. Key to this is the fact that both aspects have protected time. Keeping up with all the relevant responsibilities requires dedication and careful time management, but it is a challenge he loves and is very grateful to have.
Oxford has a very strong history in cardiopulmonary and hypoxia physiology, which continues today. Tom has been especially fortunate to work with, and learn from, leaders in the field. Oxford is also an excellent place to undertake clinical training in anaesthesia.