Dr Fay Smith
Fay joined the UK Medical Careers Research Group (UKMCRG) in September 2011. Fay has a degree in Psychology (BSc) and a PhD. She first did research in the field of travel behaviour analysis, then worked as an educational researcher. Before joining Oxford University she was employed as a Lecturer in Research Methods at Newcastle University where she was the Director of the Doctorate in Education, and taught statistics. During that time she developed an interest in observing classroom behaviour and analysing classroom talk.
Her research focuses on statistical analyses in the context of medical doctors’ careers. Topics include: working as a doctor when acutely ill, working as a doctor when chronically ill or disabled, views of senior UK doctors about working in medicine, factors influencing junior doctors’ choices of future specialty, the reasons why doctors choose or reject careers in general practice; a comparison of doctors who choose general practice early or later in their careers; and choice and rejection of psychiatry as a career.
Why doctors consider leaving UK medicine: qualitative analysis of comments from questionnaire surveys three years after graduation.
Lambert TW. et al, (2018), J R Soc Med, 111, 18 - 30
Changes needed to medicine in the UK before senior UK-trained doctors, working outside the UK, will return: questionnaire surveys undertaken between 2004 and 2015.
Lambert TW. et al, (2017), JRSM Open, 8
Adequacy of postgraduate medical training: views of different generations of UK-trained doctors.
Smith F. et al, (2017), Postgrad Med J, 93, 665 - 670
Factors influencing the decisions of senior UK doctors to retire or remain in medicine: national surveys of the UK-trained medical graduates of 1974 and 1977.
Smith F. et al, (2017), BMJ Open, 7
Combining parenthood with a medical career: questionnaire survey of the UK medical graduates of 2002 covering some influences and experiences.
Lambert TW. et al, (2017), BMJ Open, 7