Changing the conversation about health

Five questions with College students: AJ Yates

AJ Photo1. Where are you in your studies?

I have just successfully completed my PhD (passed the viva and completed the minor rewrites) which elicited women’s narratives in order to investigate their experiences of distress, and visiting herbalists for distress.  I am now drafting articles based on the research to disseminate the findings to a wider audience in the spheres of qualitative social research, and complementary medicine.

2. How would you describe yourself?
My stock answer for job interviews when asked “Describe yourself in three words” is “Not good at maths”.  Is that too glib…?

3. What first attracted you to the College of Medicine?
I was first attracted by the range of conferences/workshops organised by the college and the interesting debates that these sparked.  As someone who has experience of both biomedical and complementary medicine, I was particularly impressed by the inclusivity of the college’s activities – there is a real culture of looking at healthcare from all angles in order to determine what is best for the individual patient.

4. What have you been able to do with the College of Medicine?
I have had the opportunity to get involved with helping to organise some of the events that attracted me to the College in the first place, and have met loads of fascinating and committed individuals from a wide range of healthcare backgrounds.

5. What’s your favourite colour?
Is black a colour…?