The award-winning research project was designed as a national questionnaire directed to all OMFS trainees across the country, which assessed several aspects related to education and training in skin cancer. Over 60 trainees took part in the survey, and the results have shown that there are areas for education and training that can be improved on for those involved in treating the disease. The project took a year to collate and present the data, and has had a significant impact on future training, with educational authorities understanding the speciality curriculum requirements which will help OMFS trainees to provide the best treatment for their patients.
Aitor undertook the project alongside his supervisor, Mr Colin Johnson, who is a Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at the Trust.
Upon hearing the news of his award, Aitor said:
“I feel great! I am extremely honoured to have been given this award and I feel that it is a great recognition to the hard work that I put in constantly as a speciality trainee. Mr Johnson as a supervising Consultant was key in overlooking the process and the whole skin service at ELHT provided the framework, which triggered the need to conduct such a project with an aim to improve skin cancer care to our patients overall”.
Aitor will attend the BAOMS virtual award ceremony in December to receive his prize.