William Buckett

A brief history of your career since leaving the University of Birmingham

I’ve previously worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, a Senior Lecturer at Imperial College, London, and an Associate Professor at McGill University, Montreal. Currently I am head of REI at (i.e. Reproductive Medicine) at McGill. Throughout my career I’ve written multiple publications, and presented all around the world. My division is the most prolific in Canada, and one of the most prolific in North America. We also have research trainees from all around the world.

Skills and knowledge from your postgraduate degree have you used in your career so far

I mentor, publish research, write and obtain funding grants and also review grant applications. These all require their own unique, but interrelated, skillsets.

Main work activities in your current role

My work activities can be divided across three areas: clinical, academic, and administrative. Clinical activities involve consultations, IVF procedures and operating. Academic tasks involve formal and informal undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, research (grants, papers, and presentations), and holding a seat on the national clinical guidelines committee. Administrative duties involve being head of the largest public IVF centre in Québec. This comes with the usual administrative duties of HR, budgetary advice, and government and ministry liaison.

A typical day in your job

No two days are the same! There’s always a mix of clinical, academic, and administrative work.

Main challenges in your role

There not enough time to do everything well, and budget restraints from the Ministry of Health and from the University also provide an extra challenge.

Why did this type of work appeal to you?

I have always loved contact with patients and performing procedures. It is also humbling and incredibly rewarding to teach and mentor trainees.

Advice for students looking to enter this area of work?

Always do work that you enjoy.