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Consultant sonographer awarded Doctorate in Clinical Research

8 May, 2018
Peter Cantin

Peter Cantin has been awarded a Doctorate in Clinical Research from the University of Exeter.

Six-years in the making, the consultant sonographer started his pathway in 2011 and finally achieved his goal towards the end of 2017.

“It has been hard, hard work,” admitted Peter.

“However, my clinical department has been brilliant in allowing me to work flexibly to achieve it, part-funding some of the early stages of the study.”

“It was a professional doctorate and has taken six years to complete and of course this was whilst working full-time and doing other things that you need to do in life!”

Alongside fellow consultants Catherine Gutteridge and Simon Freeman, Peter runs the Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust ultrasound service, which delivers high quality diagnostics for general, obstetric and muscular skeletal studies.

“Peter’s success as a consultant sonographer, and getting his doctorate, is great news for him and of course the trust, but also for the College of Radiographers and the British Medical
Ultrasound Society,” said Simon, who is also the president of BMUS.

“There are too few consultant sonographers. Peter is a shining example of what they can achieve and is certainly a ground breaker in this context.”

Mark Walker, the Service Line Cluster Manager for Medical Imaging, said: “Peter’s achievement of attaining a Doctorate in Clinical Research is fantastic for him, and it endorses his efforts in the department’s drive and strategy to improve ultrasound services, creating a national leader in the field."

“Peter was a fantastic doctoral student who had the focus and motivation to complete a challenging and impactful study. I learned a lot from him along the way and I look forward to future collaborative projects,” added Professor Karen Knapp, Peter’s academic supervisor.

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