Matthew Walters: academic in cerebrovascular medicine
Matthew Walters directs a foundation programme and is editor of an undergraduate textbook
I was attracted to the diverse challenges offered by a career in medicine. While in the third year at medical school I was attached to the professorial medical unit of the Western Infirmary in Glasgow, where I was exposed to the interface between academia and clinical medicine for the first time. The atmosphere was terrific, with a team of highly motivated young doctors who were happy to involve me in their clinical and research work. I was particularly impressed with the stroke unit, which was involved in the early clinical trials of thrombolytic treatment for acute ischaemic stroke. There was a definite appeal to the prospect of developing a novel treatment for a common, devastating, and previously mostly untreatable condition. I was sent back to the same unit in the final year, and I decided to try to forge a career in academic cerebrovascular medicine.
The stroke unit at the