Dr Stuart Morris, originally from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, graduated in 2010 and is currently working as a Speciality Training Registrar in General Practice at Pinderfields General Hospital, Wakefield.
Why made you choose the MBChB?
I wanted a career which firstly involved dealing with people face to face, but also involving science which I found fascinating. Working as a doctor requires both the art of communication skills as well as a good understanding of the medical sciences.
Why did you choose to come to Leeds?
Leeds is a great city for socialising, with a great nightlife – there is always something happening day or night. It has one of the best universities and one of the best and oldest medical schools in the country - with a combination of different teaching styles. I was also very keen to study for an intercalated BSc which Leeds is very positive about and has an ever increasing number of subjects. I studied Pharmacology at Leeds between third and fourth years of medicine which I would highly recommend. These all led Leeds to be my number one choice.
How has the MBChB at Leeds influenced your career?
By having exposure to the different sciences behind the practice of medicine, and the different specialties in medicine and surgery I was able to see what interested me the most. Each placement I did I enjoyed, mostly general practice. Foundation training is a two year course after graduation to enable further development as a doctor of generic skills before specialty training. By working in different specialties during my foundation years I decided to start training as a General Practitioner which I am due to finish in 2015. It will have taken me 11 years to complete training, but I have enjoyed every moment so far.
Would you recommend the MBChB to others? Why?
I would highly recommend medicine because it is such a rewarding career - I could not imagine another career with as much job satisfaction; changing people’s lives for the better on a daily basis. I would also highly recommend studying at Leeds because it is a very supportive university, has lots of opportunities both academically and socially, both in and out of medicine. It has a fantastic student union with lots of events, and has lots of events going on around Leeds for everyone.