Thomas Ashley

What is your background? Born in Kenema, Eastern Sierra Leone. Dad Victor Ashley died 1988, Mom Annie Ashley died 1996 (killed by rebels). Have three brothers and two sisters. I am the most educated. Graduated with MBChB in 2008 from College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences USL.

Why did you want to enter the program? I see the STP as a point where I could gain enough basic knowledge and skills in surgery that would be of great help to me during my specialist training in surgery.

What is a normal day like for you at the hospital?   The day starts with briefings, then reviewing of serious cases and then thorough rounds in the Surgical and Maternity wards on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We also go for teachings on Wednesday mornings. We do elective surgeries on Tuesdays and Thursdays- average 5 per day. Emergences are attended to on arrival. After ward rounds we clerk and admit new cases. We are involved in all emergencies. Most surgeries are supervised and are teaching oriented.

What do you like most about the program? The visitation of specialist with vast experience in their respective fields to train STP students. Training middle.

What will you do after you finish the program?  Move on to specialise in surgery.