16 May 2019

My UEA Story: Amber Woodcock


Medicine alumna Amber Woodcock, on her time at UEA, her professional development, and how it led her to the career she loves

 "UEA gave me the skills and allowed me to develop my own style"

How has your career developed since you graduated?

I entered the foundation training programme for newly qualified doctors straight after graduating. I decided to choose East of England deanery as I enjoyed my time at university and wanted to maintain the friends I had made. I also really liked the hospitals in this area.

I then went on to complete my ACCS training and took my Royal College membership exams. I now work as a registrar in the acute medical unit.

Two years ago I also decided I wanted to set up my own business “Cosmetics Doctor”. I now run a private cosmetics clinic offering a safe environment for the public to undergo non-surgical cosmetic and skin care treatments.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your current role or your greatest career achievement so far?

UEA gave me some great skills and allowed me to develop my own style. I love everything about my job, I couldn’t choose one thing. It’s been fabulous developing my own business and continuously learning. I love attending conferences and courses to learn more skills and develop my medical knowledge.

I love everything about my job, I couldn't choose one thing.

What steps did you take in finding employment?

I applied for my jobs through the national training programme for medical graduates. I have remained in training since I graduated. Others have joined agencies and locum banks which is always an option. I run my business myself as a sole trader.

What are the key skills you learnt at UEA?

UEA taught me safe clinical practice and basic research skills. There is also a strong focus on communication skills at UEA, which has really helped me to build a great rapport with my patients.

since leaving uea, what further training have you undertaken?

Since graduating I have taken my Royal College exams which makes me a member of the Royal College of Physicians. This a higher level exam which you must take if you want to progress in medical training. I have also pursued my special interest in bedside ultrasound and echocardiography undertaking several specialist courses in this area. I now also have several qualifications in non-surgical cosmetic treatments and skin care management.

It's been fabulous developing my own business and continuously learning.

Why did you choose to study at UEA rather than another institution?

It was a good course and I love Norfolk, it has everything you need!

Do you have any tips or advice for current students or recent graduates?

Work hard and keep all your certificates. Even for small presentations. Nobody tells you…but you need this when it comes to applying for speciality jobs later on! They give you points on application forms.


Amber studied Medicine (MBBS) at UEA, graduating in 2012.


Norwich Medical School