17 June 2019

My UEA Story: Rory Morris Butler

Norwich Medical School Alumni

Rory Morris Butler, CT2 Psychiatry (Graduated 2009)

The campus is fantastic, there is a good nightlife, plenty of sports facilities, and a beautiful coastline. I made friends for life.

What was it like studying at UEA?

I have great memories of my time at UEA. UEA didn’t just give me the skills to become a doctor, it also gave me direction - providing me with excellent exposure to all of the specialities and a good insight into whichever area of Medicine I wanted to enter. 

How did you get to where you are now?

A lot of hard work, a lot of motivation, a little luck, and of course, an excellent University education.

What are your career aspirations?

Being an Army doctor has given me an added facet to my experience in Medicine thus far. At the moment I am a CT in Psychiatry, working in the every busy SLaM rotation, and my next post is in one of the Community Teams. I am training in Psychiatry with the aim of being a Military Psychiatrist.

What does it take to do your job? 

Communication skills are key, particularly in Psychiatry. Patience and communication. It helps to be a little nosey too. Oh, and an attention to detail.

What achievement are you most proud of?

I was delighted to graduate from UEA with my MB/BS. I was also very proud of the team that I led out in Afghanistan, they worked very hard, with limited resources, in austere conditions.

What are your top tips for current students, or anyone considering studying at UEA?

Enjoy yourself, but get the work done too. It's the main reason for going. The campus is fantastic, there is a good nightlife, plenty of sports facilities, and a beautiful coastline. I made friends for life. Make the most of your time at UEA – you’ll miss it once it’s gone.

Why did you choose UEA?

I chose UEA as the medical school was new and innovative, PBL (Problem Based Learning) is a better introduction to work post-University than most people realise. I was also very impressed with the attitude towards mature students. I was also impressed with the NNUH as a teaching hospital.