Young Achiever: medical student Nathan soars
Medical trainee Nathan Titterton is no stranger to representing his peers.
Now the 19-year-old will serve as the president of his medical school at the prestigious University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland.
Nathan, from Sandys, said that his new position will make him “the voice of the medical students” at his university, vouching for the School of Medicine on their behalf.
Nathan added: “My role is more focused on academic representation, working with the staff at the school to make sure the learning environment is as good as it can be, for the students.
“I will also meet with the other school presidents and the university’s students union to work on larger universitywide projects.”
The University of St Andrews School of Medicine is the oldest medical school in Scotland.
It has fostered the education of notable doctors, including Edward Jenner, the inventor of the world’s first vaccine in 1796.
Nathan said that he felt “ecstatic” when he found out that he had been nominated school president in March.
He said: “It’s just an honour. They trust me to represent their views to everyone else at the school, and trust me with making decisions for them.
“They also like my views of where I wanted to get the medical school going for next year.”
Nathan said that he planned to make university resources more accessible to students, and to improve communication between students and their professors. He added that he felt confident in his ability to handle the new role despite the heavy workload.
Nathan explained that he served as his class representative for two years while at the school of medicine.
He added that he also served as the Head Boy of his high school, Trinity College, in Canada. Nathan said: “That taught me a lot of skills that I think I may need this year, like, working with a team, communicating with staff members and students.
“It actually gave me the courage to help me run for this position.”
Nathan said new duties will start after he returns to school in September.
He added that when he finishes the school year he will continue his education at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, for another three years.
Nathan also said he would move back to Bermuda after he found a field to specialise in.
He said: “I have a few more years before I decide what I want to specialise in. I think anaesthesia could be interesting, but I haven’t had too much experience.”
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