Hull York Medical School appoints Director of Medical Education
Posted on 2 September 2002
An internationally-respected figure in the world of medical education has been appointed Director of Medical Education at the new Hull York Medical School (HYMS).
Professor John Cookson joins HYMS this month from his current post as
Director of Clinical Studies at the Leicester Warwick Medical School.
Professor Cookson's work has involved making medical education more
professional, ensuring high-quality student clinical placements,
supporting junior medical staff training, and forging partnerships with
Professor Cookson's earlier research was in respiratory disease and
he undertook a number of studies into the prevalence of asthma and
chronic bronchitis in Africa. He was one of the first to demonstrate
the comparative rarity of asthma in children in Africa. He began his
consultant career in the NHS in Leicester and pioneered the use of fibre
optic bronchoscopy in that city. He has worked in Africa, and has
travelled to Japan and Ethiopia to assess medical education in those
He is married to a doctor and has two children, one of whom is a
Professor Bill Gillespie, Dean of HYMS, said: "Professor Cookson is
an exceptional candidate and I am delighted that he is joining us. He
has a great deal of experience in making medical education more dynamic
and professional, and at the same time is committed to the pastoral care
of his students. Professor Cookson will play an important role in
establishing the School as we prepare to accept our first students in
Professor Cookson added: "I am very excited about this new medical
school. It will open up a whole new world of progressive medical
education and provide an excellent education for the healthcare
professionals of the future. We need the approach offered by HYMS and I
am confident it will be a highly-popular academic institution. I am
looking forward to joining it."
Notes to editors:
- Professor Cookson will take forward the considerable body of work
that has already been done by many people in Yorkshire and Northern
Lincolnshire in preparation for the arrival of the first students in
September 2003. He will then need to ensure the smooth running of the
course once the students have arrived and help co-ordinate the many
parts of the NHS which will contribute to ensuring that students receive
the best possible education.
- HYMS is the landmark new medical school established by the
Universities of York
and Hull to serve 1.4 million people, the largest population
in England not currently
covered by an undergraduate medical school.
- The school has been established in answer to a national need
for more doctors and
will take 130 students a year from 2003.
- Students at HYMS will be based at one of the two universities,
and will have clinical
attachments in primary care and hospitals in North Yorkshire,
the East Riding and
- Students are expected to be attracted by the international
reputation of both
universities: each has respected nurse training programmes,
and Hull has a
postgraduate medical school. York hosts the largest group of
researchers in the world and has an international reputation
for research and teaching in
- HYMS' curriculum provides an unusual variety, with rural and
urban contrasts, strong emphasis on community-based medicine, a focus on
evidence-based treatment, communications and management skills.
- HYMS aims to improve healthcare in an area with significant
deprivation and is expected to boost the regional economy
through developments in
biomedical and health services research. It is also hoped
that it will help recruit and
retain high-quality clinical staff and create new jobs.