A doctor has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List for his services to medical education.

Dr Azeem Alam, from Harpenden, has used his company BiteMedicine to provide free education for medical students, physician associates and aspiring doctors during the coronavirus pandemic.

He has now taught more than 10,000 students worldwide via online, live webinars.

The 28-year-old, who is from the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, has received the British Empire Medal for his work.

Dr Alam, who has worked in the emergency department during the pandemic, said: “After receiving the initial email that I had been recommended by the Prime Minister for the honour of a British Empire Medal, I was in complete disbelief, and still am. I told my family as soon as I was able to and they were equally shocked.

“I am earnestly grateful for the recognition that my work within medical education during COVID-19 has received, and I hope that BiteMedicine continues to grow beyond the pandemic. With the ongoing development of the BiteMedicine Foundation, I aspire for the platform to raise awareness of chronic medical conditions, as well as money to contribute to the care of patients with these conditions.

"I hope that this accolade, which I am so fortunate to receive, can inspire others to try and become the change that they aspire to see within their chosen field.”