Experience of working while pregnant, returning to work after maternity
leave, less-than-full-time training, and combining motherhood with
Medical student / Foundation stage to early training / Registrar training
I am a post CCT fellow pursuing a career in trauma and lower limb arthroplasty surgery. I am also the mother of two young daughters. I am happy to talk through experiences of being a woman in surgery and am particularly keen to support any female trainees who feel that their gender might be a barrier to a career in Orthopaedics: It needn’t be! I am very happy to discuss all aspects of managing pregnancy at work, including coping with complications, return to training and training less than full time.
I’m happy to mentor through phone calls or zoom or to arrange a meeting in person depending on geography.
Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Female arthroplasty trainee. Non-medical family background.
Foundation stage to early training / Registrar training to fellowship.
I am a post-CCT Fellow in Hip Arthroplasty. My husband is an engineer and no-one in my immediate family is in the medical profession. My work-life and home-life are therefore quite separate and I have interests and volunteering commitments outside of work. I was fortunate to have some encouraging supervisors as a junior doctor who helped me realise my potential as a female orthopaedic surgeon but I have met with some negative attitudes along the way. I can confidently say that you don’t need to wear size 8 gloves to do a hip replacement!
I am happy to mentor junior colleagues who may be facing challenges in
their training and career decisions. I can offer mentorship via telephone
or Zoom calls or a cup of tea and cake if the situation allows!
Old and seen a huge transition in improvements and changes in training.
Experienced training in other countries particularly North America.
Parent with working partner.
Foundation stage to early training / Registrar training to fellowship /
I am a fellowship trained hip arthroplasty surgeon. Father of 4 children of teenage to mid-twenties age. I am happy to discuss aspects of balancing family life, undertaking research, which can give opportunity of balancing time commitments. I have supported colleagues through illness, adoption and retraining and am aware of how the system can appear unfair. Orthopedically happy to discuss fellowships and career planning. Do have lots of commitments but happy to undertake zoom meetings, telephone or face to face if local.
Consultant specialising in hip and knee replacement surgery
Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK
I have encountered numerous challenges related to my ethnicity, raising a
young family and balancing the demanding (non-medical) career of my wife
with my own.
Medical student / Foundation stage to early training / Registrar training to
I am an orthopaedic consultant specialising in hip and knee replacement surgery and have specialist interests in periprosthetic fractures and enhanced recovery. I trained in Yorkshire and work at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. I am married and have two young sons. I have recently started a PhD investigating risk factors for periprosthetic fractures.
I can offer guidance and support in balancing clinical and academic work and managing family challenges related to partner’s work and raising young children. I would be able to support trainees who have challenging home circumstances particularly with any additional needs their children may have or due to working away from home for significant periods of time. I am available by phone or virtually through videoconferencing.