A Christmas lectureBMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d8021 (Published 13 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8021
- James Owen Drife, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
In my first interview for an academic post they asked me why I wanted to be a university lecturer. I said something like, “Well, I like lecturing,” and quickly realised it was the wrong answer. Nobody trusts a smart alec, especially one who enjoys public speaking.⇑
At least my reply was honest, though nowadays that may be hard to believe. Back in the 1970s all you needed for a talk was a set of multicoloured felt tip …
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