On the 8th of March 2021, we recognised International Women’s Day and our support for our female members through their journey from students, through clinical training and throughout their professional careers.
On the day and during the week following, through our social media channels, we celebrated three young women in medicine and their achievements. All were recent recipients of MIGA Doctors in Training Grants, Dr Adele Storch, Dr Maeve Barlow and Dr Rebecca Kelly, each forging their own path in medicine.
Medicine is a challenging and demanding career, physically, mentally and emotionally. Our grant recipients shared their words of advice for other women pursuing careers in medicine:
“I had always been worried about choosing and finishing my specialty training as soon as possible.
More recently, I have realised that slowing down and taking longer is okay too. I might not be a consultant by the time I am thirty but I will have been locuming across Australia, on road trips and overseas adventures, and finished a masters and PhD. I think that the skills and qualifications that I have gained doing these “other” things will save me time in choosing and entering a specialty and advancing my career in the future. So, remember that it’s okay to slow down.”
Dr Rebecca Kelly
“I want each woman in medicine to feel confident to forge her own unique career path.
That may include taking time away from the traditional training pathway to pursue research, travel or to have children as I have recently done. Becoming a new mother has again reminded me of the incredible creative power of women that needs to be celebrated every day. This creativity is taking medicine in new and generative directions and is something to be encouraged and embraced.”
Dr Adele Storch
“Being a woman in medicine carries challenges in addition to the steep learning curve, the uncertainty and the huge expectations that encompass being a doctor.
Having sat the first part of the Physician’s exam very recently, my key advice to female medical professionals is to back yourself. Treat yourself as if you were your own biggest fan. To believe in my own resilience and determination has helped me to undertake all the wonderful opportunities medicine has given me, from working in Central Australia to studying tropical medicine abroad. However, more importantly, this mentality has come from the wisdom and role modelling of the female doctors I truly respect, so surround yourself with women who embolden and embrace the values you hold close.”
Dr Maeve Barlow
You can read more about each of these young doctors’ training adventures by accessing their grant reports on our website: