NANOS Heroes - Dr. Christian Lueck


Christian Lueck, PhD, FRACP, FRCP (UK), FAAN

Ophthalmology or Neurology? Neurology

What was the best clinical pearl you learned in fellowship?
That a detailed understanding of how to examine and interpret eye movement abnormalities is crucial. This is often a particularly difficult area for other clinicians.

What are the top 3 things you’ve learned over the last 5 years?

  • Important as they are, there is so much more to being a doctor than just developing clinical skills and clinical expertise. Learning how to interact with patients, colleagues, management, and other interested parties as well as developing negotiating skills has been crucial – something I was not taught in medical school.
  • Medical knowledge is advancing at an exponentially-increasing rate, but then so are the demands on clinicians’ time. It is crucial to find ways to keep up-to-date to make sure I treat patients as well as possible consistent with the evolving evidence base. One of the hardest things has been to dispel teachings and clinical algorithms that I have confidently used to guide day-to-day practice in the past but which have subsequently been shown to be obsolete.
  • Nothing takes the place of clinical experience, both personal experience and other people’s experience. Learning from others who have different clinical practices or who work in different countries is critical to managing my patients well.

Tell us about your involvement with NANOS! I started attending NANOS after I moved from the UK to Australia in 2003. I found the meeting to be excellent, in terms of both academic and clinical education and I very much value the ability to network with colleagues from other parts of the world. I have been to every NANOS meeting since 2004 and will aim to continue to attend in the future

What would you say to members who want to be more involved in NANOS? I think NANOS is a very important organization at a global level. It is dependent on Members and Fellows volunteering their time but the final product is outstanding. In my experience everyone’s input is highly valued at an individual level which makes contributing very worthwhile. I would urge everyone to contribute in whatever way they can.

What do you know at this stage in your career that you wish you knew when you first joined NANOS? How much I would have benefited from attending NANOS during the first decade of my consultant career.

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