No room for complacency

In 1945, Sir Alexander Fleming was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine along with Ernst Chain and Sir Howard Florey “for the discovery of penicillin and its curative effect in various infectious diseases”. It was uncanny that Fleming recognised and predicted the very danger which now besets clinical practice – the problem of antibiotic resistance. …

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Manoeuvring for position

The College has been involved in an unusually intense period of activity over the last few months. I am really delighted to have successfully steered the College through the recruitment process leading to the recent appointment of our new CEO. Dr Steve Graham (pictured) started with us at the beginning of October and brings with …

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Five ferries

The weather forecast was ominous as seventeen intrepid College representatives set out to take on the famous five ferries challenge. The ferry trips were easy – it was the cycle transit from slipway to slipway that presented the problems. I had managed some preparation – I suspect that one never really does enough preparation for …

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Surgery in the raw

This time of year presents many people with the chance to have some vacation time and recharge. However, during the summer while some have been away, the work of the College continues apace. Since May I have had two personal trips abroad, one to examine in the undergraduate finals in the University of Malta Medical …

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