Former student Dr Kevin Fernando reveals how our PGDip/ MSc qualification enhanced his career

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Former student Kevin Fernando has revealed how successfully completing our PG Dip/ MSc Diabetes program opened up career-enhancing opportunities.

When I became a GP Partner at North Berwick Centre, I also became lead GP for diabetes within the practice, which was the responsibility of my predecessor.  Therefore, I decided to undertake the postgraduate diploma in diabetes to further my knowledge and management of diabetes.   Little did I know that the diploma and subsequent MSc were going to be significant stepping stones in my medical career…

 

Both the diploma and MSc were invaluable in terms of expanding my knowledge and management of diabetes, but also enhanced my critical thinking and writing skills.  I have to admit I underestimated the time commitment required for the courses but my enhanced knowledge and skill set were worth every (late night) minute.  I presented a poster of my MSc thesis (CanT2DM be reversed with VLCDs: A Systematic Review) at the National Primary Care Diabetes Society conference in Birmingham during November 2015 and have been invited on numerous occasions to present my results at diabetes meetings.

 

Kevin Fernando

Dr Kevin Fernando

As a result of my studying, opportunities arose to become involved in our local Diabetes Managed Clinical Network and also professional education.  I soon found myself lead GP for diabetes for my local geographic area comprising 100,000 patients.  I was invited to deliver a plenary session at the 2012 Scottish Primary Care Diabetes Conference and have been invited back every year.  During 2015 I was elected to the Primary Care Diabetes Society national committee and also appointed a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion, as well as awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh for my work in diabetes professional education.

 

It’s been a busy few years no doubt and juggling work and family commitments has been very challenging.  However as the Swiss philosopher, Alain de Botton said, “There is no such thing as work-life balance.  Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life”.

 

by Dr Kevin Fernando FRCP Edin MRCGP MSc Diabetes, GP Principal North Berwick Health Centre & GPWSI Diabetes & Medical Education

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