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I teach on : how to design a study, how to write a paper, how to give a presentation, how to avoid medical litigation, the reform of medical litigation, men’s health, and mediation as an Alternative Dispute Resolution strategy.

One of the roles of a consultant is to provide teaching to doctors in training in both the UK and abroad. I was one of a small group of urologists from different countries in Europe who set up an exit examination in urology for trainees aspiring to become consultants. The Fellowship of the European Board of Urology (I was President for two years) is now accepted as the exit examination in many European countries. Many British trainees also take the exam, as they know that it is a ‘passport’ that is recognised throughout Europe.

I have had a regular invitation as a visiting professor to the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) in Karachi, Pakistan. Established and led for more than five decades by the charismatic Professor Adib Rizvi, I found there the very best example of how teaching and learning are mutually dependent. Having established with colleagues at SIUT a new way to treat kidney stones in children, a very common problem in Pakistan, I was able to introduce the technique in the UK, at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

I continue to teach, and I have enjoyed may opportunities to do so. The art of teaching is not one that is taught at medical school. I was fortunate enough to have an extensive course on teaching methods and I incorporate this learning in both my written and oral presentations.

My focus in teaching is to disseminate what I have learned throughout my career. I now concentrate on helping younger urologists to understand how to design a research study, how to write a scientific paper and how to make a presentation. I offer teaching to doctors of all specialties on how to avoid litigation. I also give presentations to lay audiences on men’s health and mediation.

As a medical expert witness, I have widened my scope of teaching. I include, for the benefit other experts, topics such as how to respond to bullying from instructing solicitors and the legal and ethical dilemmas in relation to ‘The Short Report’. Litigation in medicine is dominated by lawyers. There are some aspects that they do not include in the teaching that they provide. There needs to be an awareness amongst both experts and lawyers that these gaps deserve to be explored and discussed.

I am writing on behalf of the staff at Saint Mark’s Hospital to thank you for speaking at the Saint Mark’s grand round. We are particularly grateful for your participation. The grand rounds are an integral part of our multidisciplinary educational programme and your contribution is highly valued. We have received very positive feedback from many of the attendees.

Professor Ailsa Hart, Dean of St. Mark's Academic Institute

Way to go Hugh!
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