Ivor Kovic

MEDICAL DOCTOR + much more

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Updated on 20/04/2017

General information

Date of birth 14/11/1980
Place of birth Rijeka, Croatia
Nationality Croatian
Residency London, UK
Qualification Medical Doctor - University of Rijeka, Croatia - 2006
GMC UK Full licence to practice since 26/09/2013

Areas of expertise and interest

I am an Emergency Medicine Specialty Doctor. Currently working as an independent doctor (locum) in various emergency departments in the UK. I graduated in Croatia and after internship went straight into emergency medicine. I caught the bug, or it caught me. Since 2008 I've worked in various settings (urban vs rural, out-of-hospital vs in-hospital) and even in several countries. I love emergency medicine. I love the challenging cases, the need for diverse knowledge and skills, and above all decision making. I also have experience in primary care (Urgent Care Centers, tourist surgery, prison, GP practice, and patient transfer).

Work experience

  • 2015 -

    Specialty Doctor in Emergency Medicine

    Self-employed, Locum Doctor, UK

    Working as an independent doctor gives me more freedom and flexibility. It allows me to sustain a better work-life balance and devote time to personal projects. I've worked in many departments across the UK, including those in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and London. Working in different departments has had a very positive influence on my clinical practice.

  • 2014-2015

    Senior Fellow in Emergency Medicine and Human Patient Simulation

    Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, UK - A&E department

    My work was divided between clinical duties of a Specialty A&E Doctor and Senior Fellow in Simulation. I had a great opportunity to advance my teaching skills and help setup a state of the art simulation centre.

  • 2013-2014

    First UK experiences

    After arriving to the UK, I've completed a one month clinical attachment in A&E departments of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. This introduced me to the "NHS way" of doing things. I then worked for almost a year in various A&E departments across Yorkshire, but mainly in Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

  • 2009-2013

    Emergency Physician
    Head of the Istria County Health Centre – Pazin branch
    Head of the Pazin Ambulance Service

    Institute of Emergency Medicine of Istria County, Emergency Medical Service Pazin, Croatia

    I worked for EMS Pazin, situated in the centre or Istrian peninsula in Croatia, for almost 4 years. EMS Pazin covers a vast territory including urban and rural areas and is intersected by a motorway and country roads. Our station, which also served as an urgent care centre, was about 1 hour drive from the nearest hospital. Working both in the field and in the surgery, while juggling incoming emergency calls, was extremely challenging. It is fair to say that this was the place where I perfected my emergency medicine skills. Furthermore I had the pleasure to act as a head of EMS Pazin, and also of the whole Health Centre in which the station was located. This involved managing over 60 employees/clients. During that time we established regular training sessions and protocols. We also raised over 50k GBP of financial support towards modernising our equipment.

  • Medical Doctor

    Interhospitalservice GmbH, Austria
    Rijeka jail, Rijeka, Croatia

    During several years I worked additional hours for two employers. I was a Medical Officer for South-Eastern Europe and Italy for a patient transfer company from Austria. I would escort patients mainly from Croatian hospitals back to their home countries by land or air. During the same period, I was also a substitute general practitioner in the Rijeka jail. This job taught me all the tricks in the book.

  • 2008-2009

    Emergency Physician

    Emergency Medical Service, Rijeka, Croatia
    Emergency Medical Service Krk, Croatia

    My first job after internship was during the summer tourist season on Island Krk. I worked in the tourist surgery and urgent care centre, but would also go out with the second ambulance crew. After summer, I moved back to my home town of Rijeka, the third largest in the country with its own medical school and university hospital. There I worked for a busy inner city ambulance service.

I've been involved in research projects since my second year of medical school. I was very fortunate to have met and had shared interests with late Professor Mladen Petrovecki. Under his mentorship I've mastered scientific methodology and statistics. I produced my first papers while still in school and never looked back.

Publications

I've contributed to over 50 research publications.

This includes 11 papers published in journals indexed by Current Contents. My two main areas of interest include medical informatics and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. I've publish in some of the leading journals covering these topics, such as Journal of Medical Internet Research and Resuscitation. At the same time I also contribute to science as a reviewer for several journals.

Find out more about my publications on ResearchGate


Detailed statistics and full-texts

You wouldn't believe it, but my friend Sinisa and I used to teach computers to kids age 10 in elementary school. While we ourselves were 10! There was this computer room full of ZX spectrum computers, which teachers did not even know how to turn on. But we sure did!

I love sharing my knowledge.
When I have a grasp on a certain subject, I have ways to make it accessible to others.
I've educated people as part of jobs and also often on voluntary basis. Here are some examples.

Senior Fellow in Human Patient Simulation

Part of my job for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust was to setup and help run their new state of the art simulation centre. I was involved in regular training activities for clinical staff. These included internal training sessions, as well as regional ones organised by the local deanery. This allowed me to further advance my simulation and debriefing skills. I've also worked on setting up a new e-learning platform for the Simulation Suite.

SimSuite

CPR/Trauma/First Aid education

I am a certified instructors of several respected organisations, including Red Cross and European Resuscitation Council. I've been involved in delivering CPR and trauma training courses for medical professionals in several countries, including Croatia, Germany, Austria, and UK. I am particularly proud of my volunteer work in trying to promote and educate the general public in skills of CPR and first aid. I've worked in projects involving medical students, school children, football clubs, police officers and fireman. With a group of colleagues I've managed to educate and equip the first fire brigade in Croatia with automatic external defibrillators.

CPR education

Print/online educational material

I've developed a lot of printed educational material. Including posters, flyers and magazines. I enjoy producing educational videos as well. Here is one for example.

As a founder of Ivor Medical, I've developed apps for mobile phones and tablets. Their aim is to train people in lifesaving skills of CPR and use of AEDs, but also to offer help in real emergencies. We've also developed and filled patents for mobile phone accessories used to provide more efficient CPR.

Products

CPR PRO

Learn CPR and receive help in real emergency with CPR coaching and feedback.

AED Trainer app

AED Trainer

Learn how AEDs work, train and be ready to use one effectively in a real emergency.

AED Trainer app

CPR PRO Cradle

Mobile phone accessory which allows rescuers to deliver good quality chest compressions during CPR.

CPR PRO Cradle

iPad AED Training Pads

Custom AED training pads, which can be plugged into iPad to mimic the use of a real AED.

iPad AED Training Pads

Research

I've coauthored two research papers showing benefits of the above products.

CPRO device

...provided reduction in rescuer fatigue and pain during continuous chest compression CPR, which resulted in a higher quality of CPR in a simulation setting.

iPad AED Trainer

...can be effectively utilized during BLS/AED courses as a substitute for conventional AED trainers.

I've also written a review article about use of mobile technology to save lives of cardiac arrest victims.

Mobile phone in the chain of survival

Mobile phone in the chain of survival

I've started my personal website and blog in 2008. There were only a handful of medical bloggers back then. Blogging was an exciting and novel concept promising to transform the way we share information and learn. I soon started writing for others and conducting research of this tight-knit community.

Medgadget

Medgadget is an online journal reporting on medical technology. They started in 2004 and I joined the team in 2005 as an Associate Editor. My job was to follow and write about emerging technologies in medicine. I wrote for Medgadget on daily basis for a year and have contributed to its growth. Today Medgadget is the leading online publication covering med tech in the world.

MedGadget

Examining the Medical Blogosphere

In 2008 I conceived, conducted and coauthored one of the first studies on medical blogs. I wanted to better understand the medical blogosphere by investigating the characteristics of medical bloggers and their blogs. At that time blogs were seen as a craze and medical bloggers perceived as untrustworthy. Our study, "Examining the Medical Blogosphere: An Online Survey of Medical Bloggers" was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. It demonstrated that medical bloggers are highly educated and devoted writers, faithful to their sources and readers. Since publication this study was cited more than 50 times, both in research papers and books.

I changed my mind about Twitter several times. I loved it, I hated it. Until I learned how to get the most out of it. It is a fascinating ocean of data. If you learn how to harvest it, the prizes are remarkable.

Analysis of emergency physicians' Twitter Network

Medicine is developing at light speed. By the time a book reaches you, it's old. Even research papers are old when they get published. Twitter is super fast. And yes, there are smart people there sharing relevant and fresh information. Even about topics as serious as emergency medicine.

Back in 2011, I started experimenting with ways to gather tweets which were relevant to my clinical practice. At that time I launched what is today the most comprehensive list of emergency physicians across the globe using Twitter. It was nice to follow these doctors for my own benefit, but I wanted more.

I learned how to analyse networks and this resulted in one of the first scientific papers about doctors on Twitter. "Analysis of emergency physicians' Twitter accounts" was published by Emergency Medicine Journal in 2012. It identified emergency physicians on Twitter and revealed a smaller inner network of users with strong social bonds who were using its full potentials for professional development.

Ever since I've been maintaining a directory of Emergency Physicians on Twitter - TwittER ResearchER. As the directory keeps growing, I am revisiting it and performing new and more advanced network analysis. I also share all the data openly, which has already led to new publications.

Using various software, my @research_er Twitter account provides daily digests of the most relevant emergency medicine content for anyone's benefit.

Twitterverse Infographic
See the full infographic in all its glory

Deciding between medicine and informatics was always a challenge for me. I chose to go to medical school and never had any regrets. But I do feel the happiest when I am able to combine these too passions.

Computer use

I am not your average medical doctor when it comes to computer use. I am very profficient in use of all operating systems (Linux, Windows, Mac) and a whole plethora of software (Open Office, MS Office, Apple iWorks, Adobe Creative Suite, Apple creative tools, some CAD packages, and many more.)

Medical/Health Informatics

I've been involved in this field since medical school. I was one of the student assistants for the Department of Medical Informatics. Was involved in research and implementation of IT systems. I also spent some study time in Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, very well known for their innovative approaches.

Programming

My programming/coding skills are a bit rusty. I do still code in HTML, CSS and JS. However, I understand code. I know how programmers work and think. I know how to effectively communicate with them. My strength comes from being able to bridge the gap between clinicians/researchers and IT professionals.

Web development

I've developed a whole range of websites. Have also contributed to some interesting online projects involving data collection and analytics. One of the latest projects that comes to mind is a script developed with my programmer friend to extract and combine large datasets from closed systems.
See below - click for a larger version.

PRC

I own close to a 100 books on design. Graphic design, web design, architecture, fashion, you name it. I am no professional, but I can recognise when something is good and I can do some decent work myself.

Web Design

I've been designing websites ever since I can remember. First live website I designed was back in 1995. I've created more than 10 websites from the scratch. When I was a medical student, I've developed a website for my medical school. It was still in use 6 years after I graduated.

Graphic design

I've designed many logos/identities, bussiness cards, flyers, and other print material. I also shoot my own photos and videos.

I know HTML and CSS. Also know my way around JavaScript, MySQL and PHP. I am experienced with various CMS software, including WordPress, Ghost, Drupal, Moodle and others. Know how to use tools from Adobe Creative Suite, various Apple software for creative work and others. Here are some of the latests examples of my work.

One of the most common fears people have is that of public speaking. I however enjoy it a lot. I love giving talks and presentations. The whole process of preparation, delivery and interaction is very exciting to me. I've delivered many lectures and talks on various subjects and in different settings. Having experienced both really bad and fantastic lectures, presentations became an interest of mine. I've read books, studied astonishing presenters and experimented with various approaches. My moto is: "Don't ask what you will gain from a talk. Ask what is the benefit to your audience".

Mobile Monday Amsterdam

Resuscitation 2010 Congress, Porto