On call for the royal household
President of the Royal College of Physicians and former physician to the queen
- By: Joshua Newmark
- Published: 17 May 2012
- DOI: 10.1136/sbmj.e2997
- Cite this as: Student BMJ 2012;20:e2997
When I was a student I was more oriented towards science and physiology. So although I think surgery is a wonderful career, and patients are often grateful for a rapid improvement, I much preferred medicine because it was more thoughtful.
Well, we have several doctors. They do a lot of interesting work because they have a defined population. We test equipment and review all sorts of things that involve clinical research , making sure that the right questions are being asked.
It’s an extremely important committee. Because the recruits are in the services, they are perhaps more likely to agree to take part in research than someone off the street. It interests them because often they like having an afternoon off from perhaps mundane duties. So I think there are subtle pressures that the ethics committee has to keep an eye on and ensure everything is confidential and has no