The British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Vice-Principal (Academic), Dr Kerstin Rolfe. This senior position will seek to develop new programme and research opportunities and build on the College’s academic excellence following its second “approval without conditions” QAA led RQ accreditation by the General Osteopathic Council.
Dr Kerstin Rolfe joined BCOM in 2012 as Head of Research and has additionally been Acting Registrar at the College.
Kerstin started her career as a nurse working on a busy gynaecological ward. Her interest in research grew when she was appointed as a MRC Clinical Research Nurse to project manage a multi-centred surgical trial and a pharmaceutical trial. During this time she undertook a part-time BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences. Her working career moved to running an ovarian scanning unit for women at high risk of developing ovarian cancer. Following attainment of her BSc (Hons) she was awarded a scholarship to undertake a PhD in molecular pathology in a gynaecological cancer unit which she did at the Royal Free Hospital whilst registered at UCL.
Her postgraduate career involved studying tissue regeneration, wound healing and adhesion formation in tendons and skin. She has supervised a number of surgeons helping them attain their postgraduate qualification. She is currently co-supervising two post-graduate medical students enrolled on PhDs through UCL. She has further studied and been awarded a LLM in Medical Law and Ethics, and is currently studying for an MBA at the University of Leicester.
Kerstin is on a number of journal editorial boards and is currently the Editor in Chief for Bone and Tissue Regeneration Insights.
BCOM Principal, Dr Ian Drysdale, says, “We are extremely pleased to announce Dr Kerstin Rolfe as our new Vice Principal (Academic). Kerstin has been committed to BCOM in her research capacity and I believe that she will have a great impact on the continuing strategic development of the College.”
Dr Rolfe will take up her appointment on 1 September 2014, and will also continue to hold her post as Head of Research.