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Cathy's Road of Recovery to Graduation

During her time at medical school, Cathy Dominic OH 2010-17, overcame post-vaccine encephalomyelitis
10 Aug 2023
OH News

As well as the normal challenges of studying for a degree, Cathy Dominic (OH 2010-17) also suffered health issues that left her unable to walk.  She told us more about her studies at medical school:


I studied medicine at Barts and The London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, from 2017 until 2023, after finishing 7 years at Hymers College Senior School. I graduated with honours in my MBBS degree, winning Blues for university contributions, Merits and Distinctions for academic performance, and the Tam Ross Prize. I also in this time completed an intercalated MSc degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, achieving a Distinction in this too.

After finishing my Masters degree and prior to returning to my fourth year of medical school, I developed post-vaccine encephalomyelitis which left me unable to walk in the summer of 2021. This was diagnosed after numerous tests and doctors, and was so rare I was sent to an inflammatory specialist in London. Thankfully, I was able to recover with medication and rehabilitation, but it continues to affect my ability to walk from time to time. I am grateful I was able to overcome this challenge. I was also able to achieve my best results at medical schools in the years following this, and it has taught me the importance of being resilient.

I have now started work as an academic junior (foundation) doctor in the East of England deanery, after ranking top of the academic selection process. I will be continuing my interest in infectious diseases and microbiology through my research, whilst also working as a doctor. I have also been given honorary lecturer status at the university as an academic trainee. I hope to eventually become a consultant in infectious diseases and microbiology, and continue as a combined clinical and academic trainee. Infectious diseases are becoming increasingly prevalent and important, and I hope to do important and patient-centred research on their prevention and control.

Congratulations, Cathy, and good luck with your continued training.

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