Today’s #ruralwonca programme includes a keynote delivered by Associate Professor Bruce Chater: the Dr John MacLeod Oration.
Dr MacLeod was a legend in the world of WONCA and an inspirational rural GP. I regret that I never had the opportunity to meet him; my own career in rural practice was just starting when he died and whilst a student experience in the Hebrides (Stornoway) was an inspiring part of my own interest in rural practice, my travels didn’t take me to Lochmaddy. I was running the RuralGP.com site at the time of his death, however, and you can read more about Dr MacLeod in the obituary, eulogy and tribute that were published at the time by Dr James Douglas and Dr John Wynn-Jones.
His legacy in the WONCA World Working Party on Rural Practice is evident, and I’m looking forward to hearing more from Prof Chater’s perspective in his keynote today.
In the last few days I also met Sarah Chalmers. When Sarah was a medical student, she experienced an elective with Dr MacLeod and I was delighted to be able to ask her more about her experience in this podcast. Coincidentally, she had arranged another elective which had fallen through, and it was a chance conversation at a student event with Prof Chater which led to him emailing Dr MacLeod and thus the elective was set up in Lochmaddy instead!