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Does the first time a doctor tries, have to be the first time? | Andy Levy | TEDxUniversityofBristol
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Added Jul 5, 2016
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Whether scheduled for major surgery or just having a blood sample taken, we all expect our medical attendants to be experts. But in real life none of us can master a skill without practice. For Andy Levy, as a medical educator and consultant physician, the quest for ‘someone’ for medical students to practice on and for the best tools for the job, started in the garden shed. Andy designs and builds training manikins and medical devices that allow newfound skills to be easily applied.

Andy Levy qualified in medicine from Nottingham University in 1981 and was awarded a PhD on the pathogenesis of pituitary tumours from the University of London in 1990. He has been a consultant in Bristol since 1993 and Professor of Endocrinology at Bristol University since 2006. He has major interests in medical device design (see VibraTip, VibraClip and Tube Anchor) and has developed the app ‘Speaking Clinically’ for iPhone and iPad. He has designed and built many training manikins to enhance clinical skills teaching and testing, and has developed a unique undergraduate assessment, the ‘Bristol Clinical Data Exam’. He continues to work in acute medicine and clinical endocrinology – but would much rather be in the shed.

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