Patrick Garfjeld Roberts
Medicine is a great place for subjects to meet: sciences like anatomy, physiology and pharmacology meet statistics and economics, philosophy and law, and you can maintain a huge range of complimentary interests. Since finishing medical school at Oxford, I’ve started training to specialise as a trauma and orthopaedic (bone and joint) surgeon, but I am taking a few years out to do research before returning to clinical work. I am looking at surgical simulation, trying to understand how to best train surgeons in keyhole surgery, and surgical performance analysis. It’s an area where lots of fields meet, and I get to work with engineers and neuroscientists as well as surgeons.