British School of Osteopathy Interview Questions
Q) Simon, you completed your undergraduate medical training at Guys hospital in London in the early eighties, did your first year as a pre –reg house officer and then did something rather extraordinary – you stepped off the medical path and decided to train as an osteopath? Why did you do that?
Interestingly, while realising I did not want to further my medical education in hospital medicine or general practice I met an osteopath by the name of Theresa Devereux who suggested that I may be in some demand as an osteopath with medical training. Being young, free and single at the time meant that I could further embark upon more education as well as the usual advantages of maintaining the student lifestyle! Theresa, who coincidentally approached me about this article, actually influenced my decision to immediately apply to the British School of Osteopathy for the shortened doctor’s course.
Q) …..any regrets about choosing that path?
I have no regrets for choosing that path at all and I hope I have inspired other doctors to do the same in order to optimise the assessment and treatment using techniques learnt from the various Osteopathy schools and colleges in the country. It has enabled me to forge a path parallel to most of my colleagues in NHS careers. I could detect the huge need for non-surgical treatment of the musculoskeletal system and the lack of enlightened doctors at that time.
Q) How have you found the world of Osteopathy compared to the medical world?
The osteopathic training enabled me to look at the function of the musculoskeletal system and it equipped me with the necessary tools to detect abnormalities in that function. This skill is something which is difficult to learn and takes a lifetime to master. Some doctors attend the London College of Osteopathic Medicine over one year and have also attained those skills – I work with some of these doctors at the British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine.