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Meet the Team: ChM Urology

Meet the friendly and dedicated team who run our online Master of Surgery (ChM) in Urology programme. Find out more about what they do and why they enjoy working on this programme.

Programme Director

CJ Shukla in surgical scrubs

CJ Shukla BSc (Hons), MBBS, PhD, FRCS (Ed)

I am a consultant urologist with a sub-speciality interest in andrology. Having trained in East Anglia and completed a fellowship in London, I took up a consultant post in Edinburgh. I deal with a range of benign conditions as well as male genital cancers.

I was fortunate to be involved with the ChM programme back in 2013 as a module co- lead for 2 modules: penile cancer and andrology. I then became year 1 director in 2017 and transitioned to programme director from 2019 onwards. My other roles include Associate Editor for the andrology section of the BJUI KNOWLEDGE platform and am also an examiner for the FRCS Urology.

What do you enjoy most about working on the ChM Urology team?

What I enjoy most in this ChM programme is observing the metamorphosis of the student from the initial phase of joining us, and getting moulded into the form of a consultant level individual who in many cases returns to become a tutor to continue shaping future generations of urologists. This is for students from all walks of life and from any country in the world.

Academic E-Facilitator

Louise Buckley

Dr Louise Buckley

I am the academic facilitator for the programme and the personal tutor for most of our students. I undertake the day to day running of the programme and will be the first point of contact for most issues related to the programme.

I joined the team in 2020, but prior to this was based within online education at the University of Edinburgh’s Vet School so I have been with the college for much longer than this, and undertook my PhD here many years ago.

I also supervise several postgraduate research projects annually and contribute to the wider teaching at the university. My background is in veterinary medicine/nursing and I particularly enjoy seeing the similarities and differences in clinical practice between human and veterinary medicine.

What do you enjoy most about being involved with the programme?

I really enjoy working with enthusiastic students who are driven by a desire to improve their clinical practice.

I find it particularly rewarding to see that many of our graduates return to become tutors on the programmes themselves, and I think this is tantamount to the value that our students place on the programme, that they want to retain close associations once they graduate.

What do you think is the best thing that our programme can offer prospective students?

The opportunity to interact with trainee and consultant urological surgeons worldwide. The diversity of experience enriches the clinical case discussions and provides new perspectives that deepen understanding.

Programme Administrator

Sarah Jones

Miss Sarah Jones

My name is Sarah Jones, I joined Edinburgh Surgery Online in 2012 and have been administrator for the ChM in Urology for eight years.

What do you enjoy most about being involved with the programme?

I really enjoy working with the students, helping to support them from application to graduation.  Our students all have busy clinical duties as well as personal commitments and the ChM programme gives them the flexibility to study a Masters degree without having to take time out of training or be away from home.

The course also gives trainees who may not have easy access to postgraduate education an opportunity to interact with colleagues from across the world, allowing them to improve their evidence based-knowledge and enhance their practice.

Second Year Director

Tobias Klatte

Tobias Klatte MD, PhD, FEBU, FRCSEd

I am a Consultant Urologist at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Visiting Researcher at the University of Cambridge. I trained in the US, Austria and the UK. I have been the lead of the kidney cancer module of the ChM since 2016 and its year 2 director since 2017.

What is the thing that you enjoy most about being involved with the programme?

We have the privilege of teaching students from across the globe. There is nothing more gratifying then supporting their development.

What do you think is the best thing that the ChM Urology can offer prospective students?

A fantastic team, excellent quality modules based on the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum, small groups, 100% online.

Do you have any memorable student success stories to share?

One of our overseas students enrolled in the ChM in preparation for the FRCS examination. He graduated from the programme with distinction and was awarded a medal for his outstanding performance in the FRCS exam. Multiple students published their specialist academic module activity as a scientific paper in a peer-reviewed journal.

Postgraduate Online Learning Open Days

This programme is one of many covered at our Postgraduate Online Learning Open Days on 24 and 25 May. Dr Louise Buckley will be running an hour-long session to introduce you to the programme and the team. You will learn about the programme's structure and aims, and the team can answer any questions you have aobut the programme and online postgraduate studies more broadly. Registration is open now.

Postgraduate Online Learning Open Days

Find out more

You can find out more about the programme on our postgraduate study pages.

ChM Urology (Online Learning)

Related Links

Online Learning

Edinburgh Surgery Online