Medical journey

Richard Sloan,  has written a book about his journey through medical education.
Richard Sloan, has written a book about his journey through medical education.

A CASTLEFORD doctor has written a warts and all account of medical education and practice in his new book The English Doctor: A Medical Journey.

Dr Richard Sloan, of Airedale Drive, reveals what goes on behind the scenes in undergraduate and postgraduate medicine studies and general practice after having spent 33 years working at family surgery Tieve Tara, on Parkdale.

The retired 66-year-old – who comes from a family of 19 doctors and received a MBE for his medical service in 2011– said: “It’s not autobiographical, I have written about what the patients don’t realise goes on at a practice, from the five-hour inspections to the interviews GPs have to go through.

“I enjoyed writing the last chapter the most because I interviewed current teachers and students about their experiences studying medicine, which was very interesting.

“The very last page asks whether studying and practice has improved.

“Students need three As at A level to start their training, but when I started all you needed was three Es, so the question is, do you really need to be that bright to be a doctor? I think, no.”

Dr Sloan completed his medical studies in 1976 and started working at Tieve Tara – founded in 1923 by his parents, doctors George and Gerda Sloan – in 1978.

He added: “The most important thing is all the royalties will go to charity, I didn’t write it for my own gain.

“I wrote it for the general public to enjoy, I barely included any patient stories, but there are a few anecdotes which I hope are amusing.

“It is dedicated to my wife Kathleen and all my colleagues I have worked with and for over the years, so at least I know they’ll buy a copy!”

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