DR Aoife Fitzgerald
Aoife could be found on an Irish mountainside most weekends since she was knee high to a duck. This love of mountains led her to work in Nepal for doing youth and community development (but finding time for high altitude Himalayan treks and Tibetan adventures) when she finished her BSc.
At medical school, she became interested in Global Health and undertook placements in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Vietnam and Cambodia. She took a bicycle as the entire baggage allowance on elective in South East Asia and had some awesome cycle adventures in Vietnam and Laos.
She has had a varied career – running psychology experiments, selling bagels, medical jobs in practically every specialty, but probably the most fun job was expedition medic for a scientific dive expedition in the South Pacific (once she had got over the seasickness!).
She completed the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Liverpool and fell in love with the ‘Pool while geeking out on parasites, vectors and other such delights.
She loves her day job as an Anaesthetic and Intensive Care Registrar in Oxford, but takes regular breaks to gallivant overseas. She has worked with Médecins Sans Frontiers in Refugee Health and taught SAFE Anaesthesia in Mozambique and Sierra Leone. She can currently be found travelling between the hospitals of Cameroon, working with Mercy Ships to make Global Surgery safer.
She instructs on many courses, including ALS, SAFE, and WHO Checklist, but without a doubt her favourite course is… Faraway Medicine!
2018 will see her take on a new role in Paediatric Intensive Care in London.