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Vishnu Madhok - Clinical Lecturer in General Practice

Vishnu Madhok - Clinical Lecturer in General Practice

Scottish Clinical Research Excellence Development Scheme (SCREDS)

As a NES Scottish Clinical Research Excellence Development Scheme (SCREDS) clinical lecturer in General Practice, I have been given the opportunity in the East of Scotland deanery to combine three aspects of medicine that enthuse and challenge me the most; practising clinical medicine, integrating this with holistic aspects of patient care and, thirdly, having the flexibility to be involved in lifelong learning with research opportunities. 

On appointment to my SCREDS post at the end of GPST1, discussion with my clinical and academic mentors allowed me to tailor my training to ensure that my clinical training needs were met along with progressing academically.  For example in my GPST2 year I remained 100% clinical, spending six months respectively in Accident and Emergency, and then Paediatrics.  This was followed by splitting my GPST3 year over two years so that I was a part time in a registrar semi-rural General Practice in Montrose, with the remainder of my week spent mainly doing research, but also some undergraduate teaching at the Division of Population Health Sciences, University of Dundee.

SCREDS training has also allowed me to gain both local and national leadership experience in positions such as GPST representative on the Royal College of General Practitioners East of Scotland committee and the Associate in Training representative on the GP National Recruitment Steering Group which I hope to continue post completion of certification. Nationally during my SCREDS post I have presented at the Society of Academic Primary Care conference and also annually at NADEGS.  Receiving the American Travel fellowship allowed me to present work that I did as part of a team on the diagnosis of heart failure in primary care at the North American Primary Care Research Group conference in Seattle. 

A pilot investigation into the feasibility of developing a record-linked database to study the genetics of childhood eczema in primary care (GenCEP) is a successfully completed CSO funded study of which I was a co-applicant and led under supervision of Prof. Frank Sullivan. This study is the basis of an application to the Medical Research Council of which I am a co-investigator to develop a national eczema case collection linking DNA and biological samples with longitudinal primary and secondary care data.

Being appointed to the prestigious inaugural UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network GP Fellowship has allowed me to continue my interest in primary care dermatology research.   I am enjoying providing an important primary care clinical and research prospective to the networks activities, which has been warmly received.  The GP fellowship has given me the opportunity to gain an understanding of the abundance of new developments and availability of internationally renowned research opportunities which I hope will have a positive impact on the patients I see in primary care throughout my career.

The most rewarding part of my SCREDS GP training experience came a few months ago when I was able to apply academic research that I had recently published directly to caring for a patient who presented with Bell’s Palsy.

I am due to complete my clinical and academic General Practice training in August 2013, after which I have been appointed as a NES Academic GP Fellow at the University of Dundee for four sessions a week, and will also practice clinically as a GP locum.  My aim during this one year post is to obtain funding for a clinical doctoral fellowship based on work I have done on childhood eczema during my GP training. 

Vishnu B. Madhok (vishnumadhok@nhs.net)
GPST3/SCREDS Clinical Lecturer in General Practice, East of Scotland Deanery
UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network GP Fellow (2012 -2015)