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Dr Keerthini Muthuswamy

General Medical Council / Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management
National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme 2021/22

Keerthini graduated with distinction in undergraduate medicine from Imperial College London in 2015. She also obtained an intercalated BSc in Management with Medical Sciences from Imperial College Business School in 2013, graduating with first class honours. Following this, she completed a surgical academic foundation post at St Mary’s Hospital, London. During this time she developed and validated a high fidelity simulator to aid breast surgical training. She is currently a Radiology trainee with subspecialty interests in breast and radionuclide radiology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust.

Besides her BSc and medical elective at the healthcare practice of McKinsey & Company in London, Keerthini has sought other opportunities to develop her skills and improve patient care. As a radiology trainee, she has been a registrar clinical governance representative, completed a paired learning programme with clinical managers, participated in lean green management training and undertook a root cause analysis fellowship. She continues to take an active role in departmental rapid improvement events. She was also a BMA LNC representative during her foundation years.

Keerthini also has a particular interest in medical education and completed a PG Certificate in Medical Education from King’s College London. Subsequently she undertook a formal role as a fellow for the Royal College of Radiology, reviewing the University of Dundee’s PG Certificate in Medical Education for Radiology. She has recently been selected as Radiology lead for a charitable remote learning programme for medical students in Somaliland run in conjunction with King’s College. She also has experience organising undergraduate and postgraduate level medical courses.

Reason for applying for the scheme

Keerthini has had a longstanding interest in healthcare management and leadership which stems from her desire to contribute to healthcare in a dimension beyond clinical practice. She believes strongly that clinicians, being uniquely placed to understand the healthcare system and how patient care can be improved, need to be able to leverage the leadership and management skills necessary in order to be able to create impactful and efficient change.

She is excited to undertake this fellowship as it offers a unique insight into the workings of organisations defining the landscape of healthcare in the UK, giving exposure to the processes involved in creating large scale impact and bringing together her interests in education, healthcare policy and leadership. She hopes that this opportunity to learn and be mentored by leaders in the healthcare sector, whilst also gaining practical experience, will enable her to return to the NHS as a better leader and clinician with the ability to inspire others.

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