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Ayesha Z Khatib

ST4 trainee with a subspecialty interest in Head & Neck radiology

BSHNI Trainee Representative Application: Personal Statement

I’m a post-FRCR trainee with a passion for Head and Neck radiology and education. I am building my experience and knowledge in my chosen subspecialty as a trainee in the Wales Deanery, where I was selected as the trainee representative for the media launch of the National Imaging Academy Wales earlier this year.

I teach medical students, radiographers and junior radiology trainees regularly. I have attended several national and international radiology conferences and courses, including the Swansea Head and Neck Ultrasound Course, SRT conferences, BSHNI Refresher Course, RSNA 2018 and more recently, the Utah Head and Neck Imaging Conference.

Head and Neck radiology is attracting a growing number of trainees and the BSHNI provides a vital and central resource, given the members’ culture for continuing education and collaboration.  If chosen as trainee representative for the BSHNI, I would use the opportunity to promote the specialty and these principles at a regional, national and international level. My focus would be on resources that would directly benefit prospective and current trainees.

Emphasis would be placed on creating a dedicated up-to-date resource to help trainees identify further experience opportunities in the form of structured UK subspecialty fellowships, which can be challenging to access. In addition to the existing excellent newsletter, this would include information on national and international courses and meetings, funding and grants, and advice on how to arrange time out-of-programme learning opportunities.

Proposer: Dr Mart Hart

Seconder: Dr Christopher Goodwin


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Dr Alina Denisa Dragan
ST4 Clinical Radiology
London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

I would like to apply for the BSHNI trainee representative position.

I am an ST4 trainee in Radiology in London, with a clear interest in Head & Neck, which is my main subspecialty in training.
I have completed my FRCR in October 2018 and I am a paid up member of the BSHNI.
I have more than 12 months until my CCT.
I have registerd for the 2019 BSHNI annual meeting, where I am also doing an oral presentation.

Throughout my medical career, Head & Neck has always been my main professional interest. My initial surgical training was on ENT (including Head & Neck and thyroid surgery) and Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery, when I obtained my MRCS and DOHNS certifications. I have taken this clinical experience forward into Radiology, when I chose to train in one of the busiest Head & Neck centres in North-West London. In-between I dedicated 1 year to enhance my leadership skills through the famous Darzi Fellowship. My Head & Neck interest is also reflected in my articles and presentations on carcinomas of unknown primary, squamous cell carcinomas, MR imaging of sino-nasal pathology, sino-nasal IgG4 disease and case reports of rare pathology.

Through the role as a BSHNI trainee representative I will maintain links with fellow Radiologists as well as Head & Neck clinicians, creating a multidisciplinary network, the optimum environment to enhance everyone’s knowledge in a meaningful way. The regular meetings will facilitate learning from the experience of different centres, keeping up-to-date with latest research and ultimately improving our patients’ experience.

I believe my dual training (previously Head & Neck surgery and currently Radiology) will facilitate bringing together the clinical and radiological members. My social media presence (Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook) will enable me to promote the works of the BSHNI and maintain regular contact with trainees and other members. All these, along with my previous experience in leadership, make me a strong candidate for the BSHNI trainee representative position.

Proposer: Dr Ravi Lingam

Seconder: Dr Alex Weller