Dr Sarah Whiteman’s experience in the RAF
This Armed Forces Day (Saturday 26 June), we’re shining light on our Clinical Chair and previous RAF medic, Dr Sarah Whiteman.
Read about Dr Whiteman’s experience below:
“As the fourth generation in my family to join the RAF (originally the Royal Flying Corps) I undertook a medical cadetship, being sponsored during medical school in return for a 6 year short service commission during which the military provided my postgraduate GP training as part of an accredited vocational training scheme. The different challenges associated with care of aircrew and other staff, aviation medicine and the culture were fascinating.
“Following the experience I then joined the Bassett Road Surgery in Leighton Buzzard as a GP partner. Since then I have had roles with Health Education England as an Associate Postgraduate Dean, GMC Case Examiner, Forensic Medical Examiner with the police service, as a Medical Director with NHSE and latterly the States of Jersey in the Channel Islands.
“I attribute my curiosity and love of change to my military background and will always appreciate what it helped me to become.”