Role model: Richard SmithBMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5200 (Published 16 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5200
- Helen Jones
- London, UK
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 …