On the night of 29 March 2016 I was relaxing in the front row of the auditorium at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama quietly minding my own business. I had just been on stage to make a presentation as part of the BEST awards event and was pleased that I hadn’t tripped or given the award to the wrong person. I was now looking forward to the post-event drinks and was slightly irritated that Professor Gallen was taking so long over his final presentation. To be honest, it took a minute or two before I realised he was speaking about me. Much to my surprise (and most of the audience) I had been chosen for the Dean’s Recognition Award for services to Medical Education.
My involvement with medical education goes back over 30 years and I have been extremely fortunate to work in a series of dynamic, innovative training teams in Africa, the NHS, Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Deanery. The Welsh School of Anaesthesia provided a great start to my Deanery time and led on to my current role leading the Quality Unit. Receiving the Dean’s award was a great personal honour but, I feel, really reflects the current, record-breaking, pre-eminent UK position of Medical Training in Wales which has been achieved through the superb team efforts of Deanery and postgraduate centre staff and, in particular, the committed trainers across the length and breadth of Wales.
Professor Christopher Callander, Sub-Dean (Quality & Governance)