Role model: Alex BallBMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m915 (Published 23 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m915
- Adrian O’Dowd
- London, UK
Alex Ball, consultant and clinical lead in rehabilitation medicine at Haywood Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent, is a passionate teacher who finds tailored solutions to patients’ problems.
She qualified from Birmingham University Medical School in 1994 and enjoyed emergency medicine, geriatrics, and psychiatry as a junior doctor. But, by chance, she ended up choosing a different path.
“I took some time out to do informal work as a locum for a couple of months and I was lucky enough to secure a senior house officer position in a brain injury rehab unit in Birmingham,” she explains. “It opened my eyes to this wonderful specialty called rehabilitation medicine. I met my role model and consultant mentor there and …