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From dispensing to prescribing for former pharmacist
Ian Heath started his career as a pharmacist and ran a local pharmacy for six years before developing an online business. He then decided to change direction to medicine. "It was a postgraduate course in therapeutics that got me in contact with medics, and propelled me into a new career," he says.
Being at Brighton and Sussex Medical School has taught him the underlying principles, skills, attitudes, and communication strategies to become an effective doctor. He has enjoyed the whole systems-based review process. "In year on you learn, by year three you start to practice and at the end of year five you're a fully practicing medic. It's a graded development." He enjoys having developed these skills to examine, to use that information to investigate, and to develop the strategies to deal effectively with a range of people.
Ian will now be a junior doctor in cardiology and geriatrics at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, London.