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MWIA – AFMW essay competition winner Madhura Naidu


MWIA is dedicated to promoting a supportive network between all medical women; it confers opportunities for medical women to consider and work actively towards creating solutions for common issues. It advocates for gender equity and equality in the medical profession, as well as the provision of quality health care for women all over the world [1, 2].Read More »MWIA – AFMW essay competition winner Madhura Naidu

Our uncertain future requires new leadership


The emergence of a leader is influenced by personal traits and behaviours; situation: the nature and priority of tasks [1], a function of the specific contemporary issues; group dynamics; and organisational sociology: structure and distribution of power. This complex background to leadership has been reflected in the literature which has considered a plethora of models for leadership. The following discussion of these models offers us a framework with which to consider contemporary and future leaders.Read More »Our uncertain future requires new leadership

Medical Women and Leadership


–  a perspective of a final year medical student

According to Wikipedia, the knowledge base of the 21st century, leadership can refer to “those entities that perform one or more acts of leading, the ability to affect human behaviour so as to accomplish a mission, or influencing a group of people to move towards its goal setting or goal achievement”.1 Leadership in medicine is vital in this age of dynamic practice, with new diagnostic and therapeutic developments occurring constantly, and with the increasing emphasis on accountability and transparency in medical practice. Women in leadership roles have become more prominent in society over the years, in areas such as politics and business. However, in medicine as in these other fields, the increasing number of women studying and practising is not equally matched by a corresponding increase in women in leadership positions.

Goal setting for the Medical Student & Patient alike


The key to effective goal setting is to be realistic and to prioritise; however, such goals cannot be achieved without organisation, time management and the ability to implement practical strategies to achieve our goals. It seems obvious. I am going to use myself as an example.

Recently – inspired by my partner of 4 years, who is increasingly frustrated by my lack of income and consequently our inability to leave the confines of our parents’ houses – I decided to write myself a 5 year plan. Now most people would admit to having some idea of where they would like to be in 5 years, but few have practical strategies in place to ensure that they achieve everything they would like to in that time period.