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SCTS Spotlight


Aman Coonar

April 2022

1. What or who inspired you to get into cardiothoracic surgery?

I come from a medical family. Part of me always though it was amazing. Watching early transplants. MY tutor in medical school was a thoracic surgeon. I had smoke-bomb inhalation induced respiratory failure as a med student and the Dean said I should not have been alive with a Pa02 of 4 (but I was a fit 18 year old). Pat Magee when he he said go on bypass and I was a cardiology SHO watching an operation at the wonderful London Chest.

2. Name 3 things you would take with you to a desert island

Music, laughter and love.

3. What is your proudest moment in your career?

Every time a patient does well.

4. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Chill a lot more.

5. If you were the SCTS President for the day what would be your ethos?

Take care of everyone and they will take care of the patients and each other.

 

Sri Rathinam - SCTS Communications Secretary

March 2022

 

1. What or who inspired you to get into cardiothoracic surgery?

I always wanted to be a General Surgeon, but I had to do a specialty placement to meet requirements for the old FRCS exam. I was inspired by Prof Rajan Santosham who was a cardiothoracic surgeon, when I saw what he did with the lungs and oesophagus, I changed my mind. I came to the UK wanting to become a general thoracic surgeon and underwent training in Cardiothoracic surgery under great inspiring role models in the West Midlands. 

2. Name 3 things you would take with you to a desert island?

- My music

-My books (Kalki's Ponniyin Selvan (Tamil), Hero with a thousand faces and Pillars of the earth.

-An Empty book with lots of Biros to pen my thoughts or NHS memoires.

3. What is your proudest moment in your career?

Co creating, delivering and sustaining the only curriculum aligned, structured simulation based educational portfolio anywhere in the world which is offered free to the trainees.

4. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Persevere and persist towards progress of your passion even if you don't succeed or get what you want initially. The greatest gift from God often is Unanswered prayers, you do not realize which life will bring until time moves on and one day you will look back to see what you wanted was not what was the right thing for you.

5. If you were the SCTS President for the day what would be your ethos?

Equality and Respect to all.