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.
More on women and medical leadership
- See our women and medical leadership infographics
- Find out more about our Athena programme, which has been designed to meet the challenges facing female leaders
- Read Vijaya Nath's blog: ‘Herstory’: the barriers facing women in health and care
- Find out more about our medical leadership work
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.
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.