Dr. Charles Woodrow, a consultant at the Oxford University Hospitals, visited us on 10th May to deliver a talk on “Medicine, Malaria and Music” to our Lower Sixth Biology+ students.
He spoke about his career, starting with his medical training at Cambridge and St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, and his practice of medicine in Africa and Thailand, where he specialised in Malaria. He then showed how the practice of medicine goes hand-in-hand with medical research, citing his own biochemical researches into identifying a glucose-transport protein in the malarial the parasite.
He took questions from the students throughout the talk, and kept their attention completely engaged by asking them questions in turn and getting them to display their knowledge of molecular processes. The students gained a lot from the lecture, as he drew a word-picture of the career path of a doctor or of a researcher, and showed how these paths intersect with each other.
We look forward to welcoming him back at the Careers’ Evening on 6th June!