Q&A with our lead clinician Dr Jamie! 🩺

Scoping Out Success: X-Raying Dr. Paweleck’s Journey in Medicine!



Dr. Jamie Paweleck is the Clinical Lead for BioGrad education and oversees the course content that is taught across all of our entry-to-medical school courses.


The path to a fulfilling medical career isn’t always linear, as Dr. Jamie’s experience demonstrates. His initial ambition was to become an orthopaedic surgeon, but after practical exposure, he discovered a mismatch. This led him on a journey through various specialities, including general practice and even spinal psychiatry. Finally, he found his niche in radiology, a field that uses imaging technology for diagnosis and treatment.


Dr. Jamie emphasizes the significance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. He advises medical students to cultivate hobbies and interests that foster relaxation and stress relief. For him, exercise serves as a cornerstone for unwinding, and he enjoys activities like hiking, mountain climbing, and walks with his dog.


Beyond exercise, Dr. Jamie finds enjoyment in music, cooking, and spending quality time with friends. He also harbours a passion for cars, having previously participated in racing. An interesting detail – Dr. Jamie is known for his rather extensive shoe collection!


This glimpse into Dr. Jamie’s journey highlights the value of exploration and self-discovery within the medical field. It also underscores the importance of maintaining a well-rounded life for overall well-being, even for those in demanding professions like medicine.


In this exclusive Q&A, we sit down with Dr. Jamie, the clinical lead for education at Biograd, to delve into his inspiring journey through medicine, his experiences in various specialities, and his passion for education and life outside of work.

Q: Dr. Jamie, can you share with us what initially drew you to pursue a career in medicine?

A: It all started when I was around 11 years old. My great uncle was hospitalized, and witnessing the care he received left a lasting impression on me. I was impressed by the dedication of the healthcare professionals, and from that moment, I knew I wanted to become a doctor.


Q: How was your experience in medical school?

A: Medical school was a transformative experience for me. Despite the demanding schedule, I found it incredibly rewarding. It felt like a full-time job, but one where I had the opportunity to learn fascinating concepts and gain hands-on experience in various specialties.


Q: Could you tell us more about your journey after graduating from medical school?

A: After completing medical school at Newcastle, I embarked on my foundation years (F1 and F2). Initially, I had my sights set on orthopedic surgery, but after trying it out during my foundation program, I realized it wasn’t the right fit for me long-term. This led me to explore different avenues, including locum work across various specialties and pursuing a master’s in public health.


Q: What led you to transition into education and your role at Biograd?

A: My journey eventually led me to a role in education, which has been incredibly fulfilling. Teaching has always been a passion of mine, and I’ve had the opportunity to shape medical education programs and work closely with aspiring medical professionals. Joining Biograd allowed me to further explore this passion and contribute to the development of future healthcare leaders.


Q: Outside of work, what are some of your interests and hobbies?

A: Outside of work, I enjoy staying active through sports like football and hiking. I’m also a music enthusiast and love discovering new artists. Additionally, I have a penchant for cooking and exploring different cuisines. Oh, and I’m a bit of a car and shoe enthusiast too!


Q: Can you share more about your involvement with the COVID testing lab and your experiences abroad?

A: During my freelance years, I had the opportunity to work with a COVID testing lab at Liverpool Airport, which was a unique and rewarding experience. I’ve also had the chance to travel abroad for medical electives, conducting research in Ghana and gaining hands-on experience in the United States, including working with sports teams.


Q: What’s next for the pre-medical courses you’ve designed at Biograd?

A: We’re continually refining and expanding our pre-medical courses to ensure they meet the highest standards and provide aspiring medical professionals with the best possible preparation. Our goal is to obtain OFQUAL accreditation and explore opportunities to make the courses more accessible to students from diverse backgrounds.

Teaching an ultrasound module on the Emergency Medicine course

Q: Any advice for aspiring medical professionals?

A: My advice would be to pursue your passions, explore different specialities, and never stop learning. It’s crucial to maintain a healthy work-life balance and engage in activities outside of medicine that bring you joy and fulfilment.


Dr. Jamie’s journey through medicine is a testament to the diverse opportunities and experiences within the field. His dedication to education and passion for helping aspiring medical professionals highlights the importance of mentorship and guidance in shaping the future of healthcare. As he continues to inspire and educate others, Dr. Jamie remains a beacon of excellence in the medical community

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