Alison graduated with honours in Medicine from the University of Aberdeen in 2011 where she also completed an intercalated BMedSci in 2009. On graduation she was awarded the Professor Emad El-Omar prize for outstanding academic development. Alison completed an Academic Foundation Programme in the North of Scotland during which time she obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Research Skills. She also set up the Aberdeen Student Society for Academic Medicine to encourage an interest in academia among medical undergraduates (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/smmsn/acat/assam.php).
Alison completed her postgraduate exams to achieve Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 2014 and completed Core Medical Training at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) in August 2015. During this time she developed a passion for Geriatric Medicine and remained at ARI to pursue combined specialist training (Geriatric Medicine and General Internal Medicine). With research interests in the role of nutrition in ageing, Alison took up post as SCREDS clinical lecturer in Geriatric Medicine in Spring 2016.