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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".