Yvonne Helen CarterBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c367 (Published 19 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c367
- Michael Bannon
Yvonne Carter was an academic general practitioner whose relatively short but distinguished career embraced an impressive portfolio of accomplishments that included clinical work, research, teaching, and service development. Her career progression over a period of 20 years was both rapid and relentless, beginning as a full time principal in general practice in Liverpool in 1987 and culminating as pro vice chancellor and dean of the medical school at the University of Warwick. Her lifetime achievements would have been inspiring under normal circumstances but are all the more remarkable in view of her continued and brave battle with breast cancer during the last six years of her life.
Yvonne was born in Liverpool in 1959 and was educated at Notre Dame School. She qualified in 1983 from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, with a distinction in obstetrics and gynaecology. Like many preceding clinical academics, her future career pathway was irrevocably defined as a result of contact with an influential role model as a medical student. Dr Brian McGuinness (who subsequently became professor of primary care at Keele University) was a general practitioner trainer in Merseyside who acted as Yvonne’s educational supervisor during her undergraduate placement in primary care. This encounter had two lasting effects. …