It was a day to celebrate today (Monday, 14 July) for Dr Aled Lloyd, who received his MB BCh Graduate Entry Medicine degree from Swansea University.
26-year-old Aled, from Sketty, Swansea, received his degree at a congregation for the University’s College of Medicine, held in the City and County of Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall. Aled, a former pupil of Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr in Swansea, where he studied his A Levels, graduated from the University of Bath in 2009 with a MChem Chemistry for Drug Discovery.
In 2010, Aled returned to his hometown of Swansea and began his MB BCh Graduate Entry Medicine degree at Swansea University in order to qualify as a doctor.
By becoming a doctor, Aled has followed in his parents’ footsteps, as both are practising doctors; his father is a GP in the Cockett area of Swansea, and his mother is a doctor on the Swansea University campus.
In less than three weeks, Aled will begin his career as an F1 doctor at Singleton Hospital, working in the respiratory and cardiology departments, before moving to the surgical department at Swansea’s Morriston Hospital.
Following his graduation ceremony, Aled, said: “After being away, it was wonderful to return to Swansea in order to study the medicine course, a course of excellent standard. I received the best possible leadership from my tutors, and I’m now looking forward to starting my career at Singleton Hospital”.
Aled's personal tutor and project supervisor for the Graduate Entry Medicine course, Dr Jonathan Mullins, said: "It has been a thorough pleasure to have observed Aled's development over the last few years as a scholar and doctor to be. He has not only ably mastered the clinical components of his training, but has also consistently striven to further his understanding of the underlying sciences, not just to be able to identify what is happening to a patient but also why.
“This experience will provide an excellent foundation for his medical career and moreover, the inquiring aspect of his character will allow him to continually better his practice in light of future developments and advances in our understanding of health and illness. I wish him the very best for the future, pob lwc Aled! (good luck Aled!)”.