I was elected into fellowship of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) in 2013 - just a year after the Faculty was inaugurated. Fellows of Royal medical colleges have demonstrated the highest standards of education and training and are leaders in their professions. The RCPSG invited the profession of podiatry into its community in recognition of the progress and impact of podiatric medicine. Emma worked with the examination development group for the podiatric medicine membership exam for a period after joining the College, and has served as a Regional Advisor for four years - and was asked to continue for another four this month!
Fellowship of the RCPSG indicates the extent of prepararion I have taken to be the best podiatrist I can be for the duration of my career. It incorporates my achievements but importantly my contribution to the profession of podiatry for the benefit of other colleagues.
Fellowship of a Royal medical college is, in effect, a kite mark for the standards of skills, knowledge and leadership and this is passed on directly to patients of such practitioners in the clinic. To give you an example, I particularly enjoy problem-solving cases that more junior colleagues have not been able to fully resolve since this requires in-depth understanding of the research surrounding the condition as well as the years of experience and knowledge accumulated during my longer career.
You can find out more about the RCPSG here: https://rcpsg.ac.uk/