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​Role model: Richard Smith

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 16 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5200
  1. Helen Jones
  1. London, UK

The consultant in rheumatology, musculoskeletal, and sports medicine, talks to Helen Jones about working as official doctor for the World's Strongest Man competition

Richard Smith is a self confessed sports fanatic whose passion has shaped his career. “I love all sports from elite level to watching my son play football on a Sunday morning,” he says. “I played rugby and football and rowed at university and now my commute to Salisbury District Hospital is a 10 mile cross country bike ride, come rain or shine.”

As a medical student at St Mary's Hospital in London, Smith sat in on a clinic with a rheumatology consultant who inspired him and brought the specialty to life. “His patients loved him, and I wanted to be like him,” he says.

As well as focusing on …

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