Vijaya Nath in conversation with Clare Marx

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  • Posted:Wednesday 07 January 2015

Following our Advancing women in medicine summit, Vijaya Nath talks to Clare Marx about some of the challenges facing women in medicine, how these challenges can be overcome, and what Clare wants to see happen during her time as the first female president of the Royal College of Surgeons.

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Anne-Marie Has…

Senior Lecturer,
Kingston with St Georges
Comment date
08 January 2015
Very interesting interview with Ms Clare Marx - got me interested

Sam Majumdar

Consultant Surgeon, Hon Senior Lecturer, Educational & Clinical Supervisor, Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Lead, Mentor,
Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, University of Dundee
Comment date
09 January 2015
Many Thanks to Clare & Vijaya for this fantastic interview. The journey to the top in surgical career has always been very challenging. Some of these challenges attracted some trainees while other impediments, although very few, have deterred many from even considering surgery as a career option irrespective of their gender, race, ethnic or cultural background. The most promising & heart warming observation is that the journey has become much easier & less perilous, due to the leadership & endeavour of many surgeons like Claire. We spend considerable amount of our life at Dundee encouraging medical students & junior trainees with regular support & nurturing to take up a surgical career. This is heavily supported & encouraged by the Regional Surgigical Advisors ( an Unique approach) from the Royal College of Surgeongs of Edinburgh.
To get to ones chosen goal one certainly needs passion but to allow that passion to blossom & manifest its splendour we need to create compassionate environment of empathic culture & values. It is our duties as surgeons, physicians & doctors to create that environment where one can progress with a mind without fear & head held high.
We are getting there slowly but certainly.

Abhishek Bhartia

Director (Chief Executive),
Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research
Comment date
14 January 2015
Really nice to hear Clare talk about the responsibility towards people who come behind us and the importance of sponsorship to help everyone achieve their potential. Unfortunately there are many stories of the exact opposite happening in many parts of the world.

In India, I have heard stories where even heads of departments in teaching hospitals hinder development of colleagues because of professional rivalry. Private practice takes such issues to another level all together. Many years ago, when a salaried junior surgeon in our hospital did his first operation independently, his fee-for-service "mentor" consultant stopped speaking with him.

We need medical leadership development to help doctors become aware of their full potential and to empower them with the ability to make changes in organisation structure to promote right behaviours.

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