Ruramayi Rukuni

I joined the Oxford training scheme as an Academic Clinical Fellow in 2013 and started by completing the Masters in Global Health Sciences at Oxford University. I was awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship in 2017 and I am currently taking time out of training to complete my PhD with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I am conducting a longitudinal study that is investigating HIV-associated musculoskeletal disease in children and adolescents in Harare, Zimbabwe.

I am a physician by background and graduated from Bristol University in 2009. Prior to joining the training scheme, I worked for the National Health Service (NHS) in Cambridgeshire for four years and attained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians.

Whilst on the training scheme, I have had a variety of interesting placements. For example, I have had the opportunity to work on projects addressing the prevention of iron deficiency anaemia in pregnancy in the UK at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit. I have conducted a health equity audit of the regional Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening programme with NHS England and written a quality assurance report for the Oxfordshire NHS Health Check programme. I have also had the opportunity to regularly teach Oxford University medical students and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. After I complete my PhD, I hope to build on these experiences when I return to complete my final year of training.