Tosan Okoro talks to Ged Garbutt, a former sports scientist and professor of health science, about why he made the switch to medicine at the tender age of 41
What is the fascination with medicine? Why do we choose to pursue this career in an era when patients are dissatisfied and stories in the media paint a picture of doom and gloom?
Recently, a 46 year old woman was accepted to study a new medical degree course at the University of East Anglia.1 The decision was inevitably criticised. The university justified its decision by saying that a person's contribution to medicine should not just be judged on the length of time that they can contribute to the NHS, as many older applicants can bring a great deal of life experience to medicine.
With this in mind, the admission of Ged Garbutt, a 41 year old former professor of health science into the graduate entry course at Leicester Warwick Medical School must be a step in the right direction. Or is it?
Ged managed a staff of 40 at the