This exciting one-day conference aims to celebrate and promote the role of women in academic medicine, in particular, in the development of policy at every level. The conference will provide a national forum for female medical academics to raise issues, share experiences and celebrate achievements with the aim of supporting and empowering female academics.
Designed for you to share your views, connect with fellow academics and develop your network, the conference will include:
- Keynote address by Professor Dame Jane Dacre, President of the Royal College of Physicians, on the implications of the Deech report and how it has influenced policy and changed the roles of women within academic medicine
- Panel discussion on 'progress for women in academic medicine and future steps'. Panellists to include Professor Dame Jane Dacre and Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, MWF president.
- Presentation from Dr Emily Harrop, consultant at Helen and Douglas house hospice, and Dr Zoe Picton-Howell, lay member of the NICE End of Life Care (Children) Guidelines Writing Committee on influencing policy at a clinical and a national level
- Presentation from Professor Simone E Buitendijk, Vice-Provost (Education), Imperial College London, on helping to influence policy for undergraduate and postgraduate education
- Session to encourage and enable networking
- Networking drinks reception at the close of conference
- Appraisal – What you need to prepare for in your appraisal and what you should be expecting from your assessor.
Dr Mary McCarthy, UEMO vice president and BMA women in academic medicine group member
- Leadership and management – Discussion on how to advance your career and how to utilise the leadership opportunities available to you in your workplace.
Dr Emma Vaux, Royal College of Physicians senior censor and vice president, education and training
- Self-care in academic medicine – Discussion on how to maintain positive self-care in the workplace and your personal life.
Dr Blandina Blackburn, BMA occupational medicine committee member
- Returning to practice – Returning to work after a career break or maternity leave and an opportunity to network with attendees who have had similar experiences.
- Working with the media and getting your press release noticed – The skills required to succeed in getting the media to notice and communicate your work to stakeholders you are aiming to influence.
Abi Rimmer, BMJ news reporter and careers editor
- Podcast training – Advice on how to prepare for a podcast, different formats to think about and considering the audience you’re speaking to.
Duncan Jarvies, BMJ podcast producer
- Confident communication – A session brought to you by “The Confidence People” designed to help you gain confidence, communicate with clarity and focus, develop your own voice and style and get messages across with assurance, flair and dynamism. It will cover preparation, voice and body language and dealing with nerves.
Ros Adler and Lea Seller, The Confidence People
- Focus group on the Gender Pay Gap review – an opportunity to feed into and be updated on, the work by the BMA on the Gender Pay Gap review in the medical profession.
Dr Hannah Barham-Brown, BMA junior doctors committee deputy co-chair
Although the conference will be of specific interest to women working in academic medicine including part-time and within the NHS, we would also welcome attendance by women working in public health medicine.