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CV: Professor Peter Campion

Professor Peter Campion talks us through his career so far

Professor Peter Campion talks us through his career so far

What/who made you decide to go into general practice?

Being on call as a paediatric senior house officer for so long that my one-year-old didn't recognise me.

What would you have done if you hadn't been a doctor?

Possibly been a minister of religion, like my two brothers. As it is, I am a reader in the Church of England, which means I preach from time to time. I try to practise what I preach.

Who's your career role model/guru?

Jimmy Knox, first professor of general practice in Dundee, and one of the unsung heroes of academic general practice.

What's your career high-point so far?

Seeing the first students of the Hull York Medical School make such fantastic progress on the course I helped to design.

And the low-point?

Every time an application for research funding is rejected.

Anything interesting on your surgery/office wall?

A terrific One World calendar ­ pictures of people from all over the world. It's a bit like my practice population ­ many are asylum seekers and refugees.

What leisure interests do you/would you list on your Who's Who entry?

Walking ­ but I'd not mention the Yorkshire Wolds, as they are a secret ­ and playing the church organ, preferably when nobody else is there.

What's your fantasy career move?

I'd like to be the ferryman on the island of Kerrera, south of Oban, in Scotland. Or a bishop in the C of E.

What's your greatest mistake in your career so far?

Not completing my PhD until I was 50.

Peter Campion is foundation professor of primary care medicine at the University of Hull

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