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Curriculum vitae: Subodh Dave

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5754 (Published 09 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:j5754
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Subodh Dave, consultant psychiatrist at Royal Derby Hospital and clinical teaching fellow at Nottingham University, grew up in Mumbai. He is passionate about education and making the most of the skills of international medical graduates.

Accidental doctor

I got into medicine by accident. I wanted to be a nuclear physicist or an engineer and I got into the Indian Institute of Technology—but after a few weeks I realised I wanted contact with people. I ended up seeing an educational psychologist who carried out some tests which said I should enter law. At that time it was a postgraduate subject so I decided to do medicine and then move into law later—but I discovered psychiatry and never looked back.

Learning from patients

When I did my psychiatry internship in India, one of my teachers was interested in cognitive behavioural therapy and I used this with my patients. I would take them to the hospital canteen or on local buses to help them overcome their phobias. As a trainee it was exciting to do something …

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