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Gerald in the clinic with podiatry students

Meet podiatry lecturer Dr Gerald Agbarakwe

“I am passionate about the field of podiatry and how it can improve the lives of patients, and I look forward to continuing to contribute to the profession through my clinical work, volunteer experience, teaching, and research.”

Gerald in a tuxedoDr Gerald Agbarakwe recently joined the University of Brighton’s podiatry team. Gerald is a graduate from our Podiatry (Pre-Registration) MSc and he discusses:

  • his time studying podiatry at Brighton
  • his career as a podiatrist
  • why he chose to become a podiatry lecturer
  • his advice to future podiatrists

My time studying at Brighton

“I graduated from the Podiatry pre-reg MSc program in the summer of 2021.

”I chose to study at the University of Brighton because of its reputation for excellence in the field of podiatry and the diverse clinical opportunities available through its partnerships with local healthcare providers.

”The facilities at Brighton are state-of-the-art, with access to a university-based podiatry clinic and equipment that enhanced my learning experience.

”The teaching and support staff were highly knowledgeable and approachable, and several made a particular impression on me because of their commitment to student success and their ability to translate complex concepts into practical skills.

“My best memory of studying at Brighton was the sense of camaraderie and collaboration among my classmates, as we worked together to master new techniques and share our experiences.”

My Career as a podiatrist

“I secured my first post before graduating and have since held positions in NHS settings. I have also worked in private clinics and was able to set up a clinic that caters to the foot and ankle needs of those in my community.

“My degree provided a solid foundation in podiatric theory and practice, and the clinical placements gave me valuable experience working with real-life clients in a range of settings.

“I am keen on podiatric surgery which involves additional specialised education and training in surgical procedures related to the foot and ankle. I am currently doing an MSc in the theory of podiatric surgery.”

Becoming a lecturer at Brighton

gerald in the clinic teaching“I started lecturing at the University of Brighton in January 2023.

“I decided to become a lecturer because I wanted to share my knowledge and experience (general medicine and podiatry) with the next generation of podiatrists and help shape the future of the profession.

“My teaching style is interactive and engaging, with a focus on practical skills and real-world applications.

“I am still working as a podiatrist and balancing my clinical work with my teaching. Combining this with an MSc in podiatric surgery has been challenging but rewarding.”

My advice to future podiatry students

“My advice would be to do your research and gain a clear understanding of the profession, the education requirements, and the potential career paths available. You could start by shadowing a local podiatrist.

If you are considering studying podiatry at Brighton, I would encourage you to take advantage of the clinical opportunities available and to network with faculty and fellow students to enhance your learning experience.”

Find out how you can become a podiatrist or other allied health professional with the University of Brighton. 

Kerry Burnett • 21/04/2023

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