My medical training was undertaken at Trinity College, Cambridge University for my first three years and then I moved to London to complete my studies at Royal Free and University College Medical School. Following medical school I worked in junior hospital doctor posts in a variety of specialities. This has given me exposure to a wide range of clinical challenges and experiences and this has fueled my ability to be a General Practioner. I have worked as a doctor in, Accident & Emergency, General Surgery, General Medicine, Orthopaedics (Bone surgery), Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics (Children’s medicine), Dermatology (skin), Genitourinary Medicine (I worked in a sexual health clinic) and Psychiatry.
My title is Dr David Zemmel MA MBBS DRCOG MRCGP.
MA and MBBS refer to my medical school degrees, from Cambridge University and Royal Free and University College Medical School
DRCOG refers to a Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – I have these letters as I’ve passed an exam, which means I’ve undertaken extra training in obstetrics and gynaecology. MRCGP means that I’m a member of the Royal College of General Practioners – I have these letters as I gained a Merit award in an extra exam which tests a wide range of areas required to be a General Practioner in the UK.
As well as having the required diversity of knowledge and skills required to be a GP, I also have specialist training in certain areas. I am the clinical lead for the Attenborough Surgery’s Anti coagulation Monitoring Clinic. This means that I’m the doctor who manages the running of our clinic for monitoring the blood tests of our patients who are required to be on warfarin. I also provide regular cryotherapy sessions at the surgery; this means that I see patients with certain lumps and skin lesions which can be “burnt” off using a liquid nitrogen spray. Patients who have skin lesions appropriate for this clinic, will be referred to it by me, or one of my GP colleagues.
Away from the surgery, I enjoy spending time with my wife and three young children. I also try and keep as fit and active as I can through regular sport and exercise. Sometimes, I even manage to cycle to and from the surgery and have been known to do the odd home visit by bike.