Confidence is a subjective, emotional state of mind.  It is about being comfortable in your own skin, and reassured enough to act. It comes from the balance of believing in yourself, mastering your fears, and understanding what you want, and then what you’re prepared to do to get it.

Read more: Confidence in Leadership

    Women comprise over 50% of medical graduates but they remain under-represented in senior leadership positions in academic medicine, practice settings, and professional medical organisations1. The reasons for this are unclear but the need for opportunities to improve leadership capability among medical women is clear. Without these opportunities the profession will deprive itself both of the diversity of the work styles and values that women bring to the profession, as well as much of the capable pool of candidates to effectively fill such important positions2.

Read more: The Importance of Leadership Training

The fundamental skill of setting a goal is an open secret known by top-caliber athletes, successful businessmen and businesswomen and all the top achievers in every different field. Setting effective goals gives you short-term and long-term motivation and focus. Goals help you focus on the acquisition of any required knowledge and they help you to plan and organize your resources and your time so that you can get the best out of your life.

Read more: Setting Your Goals

This presentation from Professor Deborah  Saltman is an invaluable resource for any medical woman considering writing a publication. It covers topics including: 

• Objectives
• Writing style
• Structural elements
• Writing plan
• Models of clarity
• Authorship
• Language

Click here to read Professor Saltman's presentation. (Website link to: The NSW Primary Health Care Research Capacity Building Project )

To read this excellent and highly recommended guide from the American Medical Women's Association click on this AMWA link.

To read this excellent article from the American Medical Women's Association please follow this link to the AMWA website.

Harvard University’s Open Collections Program have featured a section on “Women in Medicine”. Click here to read more about the entry of women into Medicine and featured doctors and female medical schools throughout history.

“Politics is more difficult than physics.” –Albert Einstein
No matter how many years of training you have or how excellent your clinical skills are, physicians who lack political skills will not reach their potential. Unless you’re a solo practitioner, the only way to avoid organizational politics is to avoid people. Refusing to participate will you keep you on the sidelines, watching your aspirations evaporate.

Read the rest of this article by Janet Bickel at the AMWA website here.

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