CL in Urology
Mr Ben Turney (2009)
Pathway to a Clinical Lectureship
Ben’s interest in research began before he started medical training, at an international summer camp for students interested in science and medicine at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.
During Ben’s undergraduate degree at Cambridge, much of his third year was spent working on an anatomy research project, an experience he relished.
After completing his house officer training, he moved to Oxford and spent one year teaching human anatomy to medical students, whilst studying for an MSc by Research in Embryology.
Ben continued his clinical training in basic surgery, continuing his clinical research and publishing several papers. His research interests had moved to the field of Urology, and after 3 years he applied for Clinical DPhil funding.
Ben’s DPhil project utilized molecular biology techniques to investigate prostate cancer. Towards the end of his DPhil Ben applied for an NIHR Clinical Lectureship, and was appointed as a Clinical Lecturer in the first wave of Walport Lecturers in Oxford.
What does the work involve?
As a clinical lecturer, Ben’s time is divided equally between academic research and clinical commitments, spending alternate weeks in the laboratory and in clinical practice. His current research aims to identify urinary proteins that may be potential biomarkers of urological disease. Ben also spends a considerable proportion of his time teaching, including anatomy to Balliol College undergraduates, as well as clinical students and graduate entry medics. He perceives one disadvantage of being a clinical lecturer is that it may extend the duration of his specialist training in Urology.
Ben has been in Oxford since demonstrating anatomy in 2000. During this period his appreciation for the strength and breadth of the facilities and scientific community has only increased. Through his position as a clinical lecturer, Ben has been able to develop his career as both a clinician and a scientist. Whilst demanding at times, the ability to independently develop his career has been highly rewarding.