It is now 6 years since FICM was founded as an intercollegiate Faculty. There were 7 colleges involved and since then an 8th Royal College has been added; that of Paediatrics and Child Health.
I am honoured to be the 3rd Dean; it is daunting to follow in the footsteps of Julian Bion and Anna Batchelor but a challenge that I will relish. I can assure you all that the perception that Colleges and Faculties are made up of serious looking worried individuals is completely untrue. I have been made so welcome by a group of people who are relaxed, fun-loving but fully committed to their jobs. The adage :- “It is nice to be important but more important to be nice” is the right description to the personnel in the Faculty.
The FFICM exam is now fully embedded and moves from strength to strength. Andy Cohen has continued the excellent work of Nigel Webster who helped evolve the exam from the UKDICM which was led by Neil Soni. The presentation of diplomas at Westminster Hall every year to the successful examinees in front of their proud relatives is now a permanent fixture on our calendar.
I would refer you to my upcoming article in January 2017's Critical Eye for a summary of other activities but I attended the recruitment process in April 2016 at West Bromwich Albion FC; it ran like clockwork due to the great workforce marshalled by Tom Gallagher, Daniele Bryden and Daniel Waeland.
I have to say I am very proud to have become Dean and hope I can continue to serve and lead the Faculty over the next 3 years to the same high standards set by my predecessors.