Carol is a senior clinical fellow in Intensive Care Medicine. She was born in Belgium and grew up in Canada. Carol completed a BSc in Biochemistry at Laval University in Quebec before moving back to Belgium for medical school. She holds dual accreditation in General Internal Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine. In 2013 she moved to the UK as a clinical fellow and has worked at St Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College Hospital in London.
In 2016-2017, Carole was the ESA Research MD at Concordia station in Antarctica for DC13, the 13th winter-over. She stayed there for 400 days, from November 2016 to December 2017.
Following my winter-over, Carol spent a few months travelling (and readjusting to life outside of the station!), and then came back to London to work at King’s College Hospital. She is due to start a clinical fellowship post in Anaesthesia in Bangor, Wales, in August.
Carol’s goal has been to take her medical knowledge ‘on the go’ and she expanded these skills in Expedition Medicine prior to her departure in Antarctica. What drew me Carol to Concordia was the possibility of working for ESA. Carol has had a deep yearning to go to space since she was little; wanting to be an astronaut is one of her earliest memories. Following her year in Concordia, Carol is now much more aware of all the potential fields of research in space exploration and hopes to train further in space medicine.
For Carole, finding time away from clinical duties and training is sometimes a bit of a challenge in itself, as she is always looking to gain new knowledge and perfect her skills. She also loves trekking and travelling all over the world, has recently fallen in love with scuba diving, wants to run a marathon, is hooked to learning new languages, and above all can’t help reading and devouring anything vaguely space-related!