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BMJ. 2007 May 26; 334(7603): 1119.
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Oliver Smith

As a young child Oliver Smith showed early signs of his future as a surgeon by manifesting tremendous artistic flare and manual ability when making some stunning aircraft models which many an adult would have been proud of.

He attended John Lyon School, where his scientific talent and caring attitude resulted in him being made head boy in 1995. Following this, he secured a place at University College London Medical School.

Post qualification, he carried out pre-registration house jobs at University College Hospital and Wycombe Hospital. From 2004 to 2006 he undertook basic surgical training at Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals in London, where he quickly completed his MRCS examinations and published research on restorative proctocolectomy for Crohn's disease.

During his senior house officer rotation Oliver flourished as a wonderful teacher. He became an ALS (advanced life support) instructor and then took up the role of teaching fellow to Imperial College students at Northwick Park Hospital. He voluntarily helped many medical students who had previously failed their end of year examinations to pass their retakes. His warm and engaging teaching style led to him being nominated by over 30 students for the 2007 NHS teaching award, something that he was so proud of. He also set up a course for A level students to learn about careers in medicine.

We have spoken to so many people who have known Oliver over the years, both in and out of work. We are all unanimous in saying that he will remembered for his wonderful smile, which was present until the very end, and his love of life.

He leaves a fiancée, mother, and father.


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