Funding the Future - the value of a BGS Grant
A personal perspective by Felicity Jones
The BGS Young Doctors Educational Grant enabled me to attend the Society’s 2014 Spring Meeting, the second BGS Scientific Meeting I have attended. As with the former, I found it provided an amazing opportunity to listen and learn from some of the most renowned geriatricians of our time. Whilst helping with the microphones, I found myself chatting to Dr Kate Granger, who is rightly seen as one of the most inspiring doctors of our time, before she gave a powerful speech about the use of social media and the importance of compassion in medicine. Having long admired Kate and being a wholehearted supporter of these messages, it was amazing to meet her, and to see many others in the audience also deeply affected by her speech. Other presentations I enjoyed included a session on the recruitment landscape for geriatrics – defying the prevalent myth that geriatrics is an unpopular specialty and discussing the potential for imaginative dual accreditation training in the future (e.g. in GP and geriatrics, or palliative care and geriatrics) – and ‘Vertigo, dizziness and balance disorders in the older person’ which gave a cutting-edge synopsis of the vestibular system that enabled me to answer one of the trickier questions in my written finals paper!