|Leading the way for OMF surgeons|
|Saturday, 01 January 2011|
I am absolutely delighted to be elected to the Council of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. My thanks goes to the many friends and colleagues who have given me incredible support, and I also must mention my good friend and neighbour who would have been my 700th vote if he still did not have the voting slip on his mantelpiece!
I take great personal pleasure in the fact that I am the first Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon to be elected to any Surgical College Council in the UK.
I was educated in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, and left to study dentistry at the University of Leeds, graduating in 1989. Along the way, I played a little university cricket and was the President of the British Dental Students Association.
After house jobs, I was certain I wished to pursue a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery and set out to get the best training I could. This led me northwards via Bradford and Sunderland until I reached Glasgow, commencing undergraduate medicine in 1992.
My first serious connection with the College was when I obtained the FDS RCSEd by examination in 1993. This was followed with a year in New Zealand on a Leverhulme Scholarship. I graduated in medicine from the University of Glasgow in 1996 and commenced my personal ‘run-through’ training in the West of Scotland, being appointed a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Ayrshire seven years later, with the BAOMS Intercollegiate FRCS Gold Medal and the FRCSEd without examination in the same year.
"My journey to consultant appointment included positions which I hope have given me the skills to contribute effectively to Council, especially representing the interests of trainees and younger Fellows"
The journey to consultant appointment included positions within various organisations which I hope have given me the skills to contribute effectively to Council, especially representing the interests of trainees and younger Fellows. My representative career started with a period of BMA involvement where I was the Deputy Chair of the Junior Doctors Committee.
After giving evidence to (door-stepping) Sir John Temple in one of his Unfinished Business Working Groups, he later asked me, along with others, to contribute to the start-up of a trainees’ group in the College. I was delighted to be the initial trainee Chair of this group and went on to be the elected Inaugural Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal College’s Trainees’ Group.
After this, the realities of consultant life appeared and I commenced a busy but broad-based surgical oral and maxillofacial practice with particular interests in facial deformity, trauma and head and neck skin cancer. I have been involved with education and training, being an active member of our Specialty Training Committee and having recently demitted office after six years as Secretary of the Scottish Oral and Maxillofacial Society.
Outside surgery, I am married with two secondary schoolchildren who require the usual parental taxi service to Saturday sporting events. I am a keen snow skier, enjoy good wine and company and play fairly average golf both locally in Troon and at Portrush in Northern Ireland.
Roger Currie, Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock