A crusader with a sense of humour

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 24 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:247
  1. Kamran Abbasi

    In his first year as president of the Royal College of Physicians of London, George Alberti is on a crusade of reform. Kamran Abbasi spoke to him

    The Royal College of Physicians of London has been criticised for being stuck in the 19th century, but the new president, Professor George Alberti, is preparing to haul this highly esteemed, yet much criticised, institution into the new millennium.

    When he moved into St Andrew's Place, Professor Alberti noticed that two essentials were missing from the president's office: a computer and a coffee machine. He quickly put that right and added a further ingredient of his own, a sense of humour. The next task was reform: “I never look back. I want to ensure that our fellows are aware that we are working for them, and that we are not just a comfortable little London club, but that we are a national college working for physicians, and all trainees as well. I feel that I was elected because I came from out there and was not a part of the establishment.”

    His vision of the future is a modern college, in touch with the opinions of its members and fellows, taking the lead in promoting a high quality …

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