Diabetes alumnus wows 1500 GPs with medical insight…in a kilt!

Diploma MSc alumnus Dr Kevin Fernando recently took to the stage to share his expert insights into recent guidelines on the treatment of diabetes with 1500 Portuguese GPs at the Update em Medicina symposium in the Algarve in April.

The North Berwick-based GP Partner regularly delivers large-scale medical education to primary care health teams in the UK and internationally. But not all audiences are treated to some of Dr Fernando’s Scottish heritage; as he introduced himself to the delegation, they were also introduced to the traditional Scottish kilt!

Speaking of his latest experience in the Mediterranean Dr Fernando said: “I was asked to present an update on the use and safety profile of SGLT2 inhibitors, with a focus on the recently published SIGN 154 diabetes guidelines, and the cardioprotective properties of this class of drug.

“It’s a very specialised and current subject so I think some of the delegates were surprised to see a British doctor, with a Portuguese surname, who was unable to speak a word of Portuguese…in a kilt! But as a Scottish representative, I thought it appropriate and it actually went down very well.”

Diabetes doctor on a stage in a kilt
Dr Kevin Fernando brings a touch of Scotland to the Algarve

Dr Fernando completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes in 2012 and graduated from the MSc in Diabetes in 2014 – both with Diploma MSc.

The symposium was part of national 4-day general medicine update for over 2500 Portuguese GPs held at the Salgados Place Congress Centre in the Algarve.

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