Join Medical Chronicle for a one-hour, CPD-accredited webinar on Impact of COVID on older people’s mental health, presented by Specialist Psychiatrist (Psychogeriatrician), Dr Ryan Fuller.
A little bit about Dr Ryan Fuller
I am a proud South African from Johannesburg, blessed to have incredible support from a loving family to pursue my passion in healthcare. I was raised in Edenvale, matriculated from King Edward VII School Summa Cum Laude & completed my medical training at UCT (Cape Town), Chris Hani Baragwaneth, in London & at Sterkfontein. I’m passionate about animals, kind humans, the Springboks, Proteas & Liverpool Football Club. I’m also a proud Old Edwardian and member of the deceptively talented Racing Snakes 6th League Squash Team. When I have time my interests are travel, history, reading about innovation and I sometimes enjoy fly fishing.
Why I Became an Old Age Psychiatrist
For as long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated by science and medicine. A close family member has a learning disability & I wanted to become a medical doctor to learn how to help. During medical school I found psychiatry fascinating & was inspired by great teachers who used different models of thinking to solve complex problems that many patients suffered with. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of patients who recovered from serious mental health problems when they had early access to specialized teams & treatment. Medicine has afforded me the privilege of learning from passionate & brilliant teachers & doctors who’ve been dedicated to the ideal of service to others. The professional framework & ethical principles always provide tremendous support for lifelong learning & teaching. While research was an early goal, I’ve found clinical practice to be very rewarding, humbling & never dull. As an Old Age Psychiatrist (or Psychogeriatrician), I am passionate about understanding the complex relationship between physical, mental & spiritual health within family systems
My Interests and Focus Areas
I am passionate about evidenced-based treatments, whether this is medication-related or non-medication related. In this regard I am also passionate about systemic, cognitive behavioural & cognitive stimulation therapy. Most of my clinical time is spent helping people in crises, reducing polypharmacy & safeguarding their rights. My special interests are value-based health care & digital innovation in health. I’m currently completing an MBA in International Health Management through the University of Cumbia & Robert Kennedy School, Zurich. I’m also enjoy teaching & training. We’ve found that when appropriately applied, the Balint-style group learning can be an incredible tool to assist professionals across several disciplines to make sense of complex cases. I’m also passionate about public-private partnerships as a vehicle to improve quality care for all South Africans. As a healthcare professional, I have a privileged position to foster relationships between stakeholders.
Credentials and Training
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