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Aditi Siddharth

My name is Aditi Siddharth. I am a first year DPhil student, having started in October 2021, working in the Oxford Simulation, Teaching and Research Centre (OxSTaR).

What are you researching?

My research focus is look at the impact the COVID pandemic has had on training in a surgical speciality and exploring recovery measures. I am currently performing a systematic review with a wide range of outcome measures to identify areas that require further research.

Can you describe a typical day?

I currently work from home. I spend a large part of the day performing the data extraction for my systematic review using NVivo. There are meetings scheduled to attend ;OxSTaR research meetings and fortnightly supervisor meetings. I work with the Oxford medical school and Oxford Brooke’s university to help conduct the multidisciplinary simulation for Obstetrics and Gynaecology. This means I organise planning meetings and the simulation afternoons. I also deliver one lecture for the medical students and use some of my time for preparing.

What were you doing before coming to Oxford?

Before my DPhil began, I was a senior registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with the Thames Valley deanery, working at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. I completed the Masters in Surgical Science and Practice with the University of Oxford in 2021.Over the years, I have worked on numerous projects that involved multidisciplinary team working and medical/surgical education. I wanted to expand my research skills further and take the time to immerse myself into research without clinical commitments, and the DPhil with OxSTaR/NDCN provided the perfect opportunity to do this.

What’s the best thing about your DPhil?

The amazingly talented people you meet from specialities that you haven’t been exposed to before! An example of this is the OxSTaR research group, with anaesthetists, psychologists, simulation experts and research students. Every idea is explored from so many different perspectives - it's such an enriching experience!