Tom Jefferson: “with £1 million, I’d do an overview of regulatory procedures worldwide.”

January 1, 2017

Professor Tom Jefferson

Professor Tom Jefferson is a tutor on the Complex Reviews module. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and a Senior Associate Tutor at the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford. For many years he has been engaged in research as part of the Cochrane Collaboration. He has published over two hundred papers and co-authored five books.

What was your earliest ambition?

To be in the Navy.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

Iain Chalmers and Alastair MacMillan.

Why did you get into EBM?

I read an editorial in the BMJ called “Getting to Grips with Archie Cochrane’s Agenda” and tried to get a grip.

Describe your approach to research in three words.

Trust but verify.

What do you like most about teaching?

Contact with different people and discussion.

What has been your most innovative piece of teaching?


When are you having the most fun at work?

When I see things that other people don’t see.

If you weren’t a doctor/teacher what would you be doing instead?


What do you find hardest when teaching?

When I get someone’s back up.

If you were given £1 million for research, what would you do?

I’d do an overview of regulatory procedures worldwide.

What one resource should every EBM enthusiast read?

The BMJ.

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