I graduated with MD from University of Medicine, Iasi, Romania, in 1977. I then entered my surgical Registrar training at ‘St. Spiridon Academic Hospital’ and I completed my residency at ‘Dr I. Cantacusino Academic Hospital’ Bucharest, Romania. I passed the board examination for general surgery in 1983 and I worked as a consultant at ‘Hospital for students and ‘St. Spiridon’ Academic Hospital, Iasi, until 1995. As a consultant I did common elective and acute surgical procedures (open surgery, mainly UGI) In 1995 I moved with my family to South Africa, where I worked with trauma team at Graduate Entry Medical Programme. I developed an interest in teaching medical students, evaluating and teaching registrars, and helping the young surgical faculty. I produced many teaching materials for undergraduate medical students, known as the ‘Alex’ guide, as an extension of ward rounds and textbook reading. I was lucky to work with a great trauma team and I also learnt from my colleagues how to treat thoracic and abdominal trauma patients. Master in Emergency Medicine, 2 years course work, Wits. University In 2008, my family moved back to Europe, where I started my job in medical education at the Queen Mary’s University Hospital, London. I realised that to be a surgeon, I needed to know about open and laparoscopic surgery and I started my job in laparoscopic surgery in 2009, at Cuschieri Surgical Centre, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. I taught basic, intermediate and advanced laparoscopic skills and I was course director for many courses in open and laparoscopic surgery, including BSS Edinburgh Course. From 2013 until 2016 I taught surgical skills at Hereford County Hospital and Imperial College London for undergraduate medical students and F1 Doctors.
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