Ezzat Aziz, MD
I spent my pre-registration year in the Cairo University Hospitals. This provided me with experience in a wide range of medical and surgical conditions and served as a sound base for the future development of my medical career.
This six-month posting involved specific training in Military Medicine, with an emphasis on the field management of war casualties.
I received basic training in anaesthesia, which stimulated me to take up a career in the speciality.
Resident, Cairo University Hospital
I started at my formal anaesthetic training working as an anaesthetic resident in the Cairo University Hospitals. This large group of hospitals hosted a total of 4000 beds. I received training and gained experience in the major anaesthetic sub-specialities including; general surgery, vascular surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology, ENT, orthopaedics, cardio-thoracic, paediatric and ophthalmic surgery.
Assistant Lecturer, Cairo University Hospital
After finishing my job as a resident in anaesthesia, I was appointed as an Assistant Lecturer, this is equivalent to the registrar grade, but includes a research interest.
The post provided additional sub-specialist training. I gained experience in paediatric anaesthesia in Cairo University Paediatric Hospital and I spent six months in the tertiary referral neuro-surgical department.
During this post I worked for 22 months in Amsterdam as a research fellow. The purpose of the fellowship was to complete the clinical part of my MD thesis. The title of the thesis was High frequency jet ventilation combined with nasal continuous positive airway pressure and conventional mechanical ventilation in neonatal intensive care. The thesis was accepted in Cairo, in June of 1991.
Registrar, St James Hospital, Dublin
The hospital provided me with a good exposure to anaesthesia within Europe; a teaching hospital within Dublin, it had approximately 600 beds. My on-call rota was 1: 4. Day- time lists included; vascular & general surgery, ENT, orthopaedics and thoracic surgery. The ITU had 12 beds and I was able to manage the patients using knowledge already gained.
SHO, Conquest Hospital, Hastings
Recognising its high standard of medical education, I decided to pursue a period of training in the United Kingdom.
My first six months at the Conquest Hospital enabled me to become acquainted with the British system of training. During this time I developed an interest in ophthalmic anaesthesia with particular emphasis on peribulbar blocks.
Over the next two years I took increasing clinical responsibility. This included second on-call duties which involved covering ITU and obstetrics, whilst supervising other trainee anaesthetists.
Towards the end of this job I was successful in the Royal College of Anaesthetists fellowship examination.
Lecturer, Cairo University Hospital
This post was equivalent to a senior registrar post in the United Kingdom. I received specific training and gained extensive experience in cardiac and thoracic anaesthesia.
I had responsibility for organising and teaching the departments SHO’s and registrars in the basic sciences as well as clinical anaesthesia.
I spent a three-month secondment in the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, during which I received training in the management of chronic pain and the provision of acupuncture therapy.
Research formed a major part of the lecturer post. I was involved in several research projects, a number of which were published.
Associate Professor (Consultant), Cairo University
This job has enabled me to develop my interests in teaching and research, together with a continuing commitment to clinical anaesthesia. I have specifically developed my interests in ophthalmic and orthopaedic anaesthesia.
I have four clinical sessions, during which I supervise the activity of the residents and lecturers. Two sessions are dedicated to overseeing the lecturers Master Degree and thesis preparation. A single session is devoted to theoretical teaching. Finally, I have two private clinical theatre sessions.
The post allows me up to three months of unpaid study leave per annum. Therefore, I have been able to extend my experience by working for periods abroad. As such, I have worked in a locum capacity in the Maghraby Eye Hospital in Jeddah. Additionally I have been able to work in a number of UK hospitals thus maintaining my UK contacts and further extending my clinical experience.
Professor of Anaesthesia Cairo University
In Cairo University I am involved in setting the exams of the master degree in anaethetics( equivalent to FRCA). I am also one of the examiners for this dgree. I supervise MD theses.Administrative Experience
During my lecturer post I had responsibility for organising the daily theatre rotas.
As a consultant and professor, I am involved in the day-to-day and strategic management of our department.
Throughout my career I have been actively involved in teaching. I enjoy teaching students, nurses, ODA’s and trainee anaesthetists in theatre.
Delivery of formal lectures and tutorials forms a major part of my current job within the Faculty of Medicine of Cairo University. I teach candidates for the Egyptian Master Degree and supervise graduates during the preparation of their MD theses. Further, I am an examiner for the Egyptian Master Degree in Anaesthesia.
I view education as an essential part of good medical practice and will continue to teach enthusiastically during any post that I undertake.