Dr Sohag Nafis Saleh, Principal Teaching Fellow 

Dr Sohag Saleh, sitting looking at the camera

Image Caption: Dr. Sohag Saleh

 

What do you do and what motivates you to work in this field? 

“I’ve never been into something for the financial rewards. For me, it was always about doing something that I enjoy and that potentially helps other people. That’s always been very important for me and aligns with my moral compass.” 

“In academia, there are always new challenges. Sometimes there are periods where it’s overwhelming, but I love it. I’m constantly doing new, exciting things, and constantly learning.”   

There is also a sense of belonging in this job; something that I never really had as a child in school. It’s different for different people, but for me, to feel like you belong somewhere is quite important, and that’s what I’ve felt at Imperial.” 

 

Why did you get involved in the cumbria school of medicine project?    

“One of my reasons for getting involved in the project is a sense of place; it’s something that I’ve always been aware of. With Cumbria, we’re bringing things closer to the places where people are potentially leaving, so that they won’t leave. That’s something that I can really identify with.”  

“It was also the opportunity for me to grow and to challenge myself.” 

 

What is your role and what do you bring to the team?  

“I’m leading on the admissions aspect, so all of the preliminary things like marketing, recruitment, and subsequent admissions. My skillset in the past has been in the delivery of teaching and the design of modules, and whilst I have been involved in the development of the curriculum, I’ve also been involved in the development of the digital landscape that we’ll be using.” 

 

What are your aspirations for the school? 

“Everyone has different kinds of markers for success. For me, it’s two things. One thing is widening access to medicine. One of the things that really impacts people getting the grade that they require to get into medicine is the quality of education and the guidance that they receive. A lot of comprehensive schools do not have the resources to provide that guidance, and so it’s very difficult from certain backgrounds to get into medicine immediately. It’s not impossible, but it’s more challenging. But what we’re doing at Cumbria is we’re taking away all of the pre-university requirements and we’re just saying if you have this requirement from the university, then you can do this postgraduate degree.”

“The second main driver is keeping people within a region where there are more healthcare needs. That, I think, is quite important to me.” 

 

What should prospective students expect?

“We’re a close-knit community that are very involved in this. We’ve worked very hard to develop a curriculum that will serve multiple purposes.” 

“It’s a more intimate experience than being in a large cohort of students which you get with some medical schools. It’s something that has been designed to focus on the student experience but also be mindful of the upcoming assessments and licensing that are designed by the General Medical Council. It’s also been developed with people who have a lot of experience in delivering medicine and changing medicine.”