Dr Tosin Danmole
Though my interest in psychiatry developed during my first year when I joined my medical school PsychSoc, it was only after starting clinical placements in third year that my fascination with the specialty really began to thrive. Gaining insights into the fragility of the human form, coupled with the complex interaction between person, brain and mind makes psychiatry such a stimulating speciality.
Through teaching of medical students, undertaking numerous psychiatry SSCs, to attending events like Oxford Academic Psychiatry Summer School, RCPsych International Congress, and an elective in Cuba, I have been able to further develop my knowledge of psychiatry. I was fortunate enough to be part of the RCPsych campaign ‘Choose Psychiatry’, where I documented a day in the life as a medical student. Added to this, as a past vice-president of BSMS PsychSoc, I was part of a team that hosted the National Student Psychiatry Conference in 2018.
Not only did my desire to become a psychiatrist deepen during my intercalated degree in MSc Global Mental Health, it also enhanced my interest in research. I was fortunate enough to spend the year volunteering with both The Helen Bamber Foundation and The Mental Health Foundation, which piqued my interest in the mental health of marginalised groups such as Black and Minority Ethnicities, LGBT+, women and refugees.
I want to pursue a career in both clinical and academic psychiatry, and the generous benefits offered in the Fellowship; from the provision of a mentor, through to the opportunities to network with other researchers and doctors, made applying incredibly appealing.
I am very honoured to have been selected as a Foundation Fellow, and I hope to use this opportunity to further my interests, both in research and education as a foundation doctor.