International Women’s Day: Celebrating NHS Doctors (Part 1)

International Women's Day

On the 8th March 2022, it is International Women’s Day. However, we don’t agree with the fact that there is just one day to celebrate women! So, we are taking the whole of this week as an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the tremendous efforts of our female doctors in the NHS who deliver incredible and committed care.

We got in touch with some of the inspirational women doctors who we have placed in the NHS. In this series, we find out what International Women’s Day means to these talented healthcare professionals and we get their advice on how to progess in your career as a female doctor.

Our first interview is with Dr. Saleem, Consultant in Acute Medicine and Palliative Care in the NHS.

1) What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

Though there cannot be a single day without women in the world, I still strongly believe in celebrating International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is a reminder that as a global community there is still a lot that needs to be done for gender equality and women empowerment. There are still huge gender inequalities in the world. Therefore, we are responsible to play our part in overcoming the disparities.

2) What’s your advice to women wanting to pursue their dreams to become a doctor?

I would like to tell all the women who are passionate about making a career in medicine/healthcare that the sky’s the limit! There are plenty of opportunities and a whole set of innovative specialties that need empowered and intelligent women. Don’t let your gender limit your passions and career possibilities. Women are doing wonders in medicine. Your passion and commitment will add to not just the success of the field but will also make this world a better place.

3) What is your proudest achievement to date?

My proudest achievement to date is making my parents proud and happy. I was the first doctor in the entire family. I also fulfilled my parent’s dreams of getting the best possible education and continuously growing and learning. Being one of three girls, our parents have made countless sacrifices to ensure we get the best education and quality of life. I am humbled and incredibly thankful for all the opportunities I have had. They have helped me grow and become a great physician. However, I still have a long way to go to be the best version of myself.

4) Are there any women healthcare workers/teachers/mentors that inspire you to continue learning and providing care?

I must say that every woman I have met in my profession, be it, my teacher, colleague, or junior, has inspired me in one way or the other. There is a long list and you don’t have enough time to read that! I have learned courage, great leadership, humility, empathy, compassion. resilience, determination, and dedication from so many women in healthcare. The field of medicine was never really what it looks like today with regard to gender equality. It has grown greatly over time due to the sacrifices and the perseverance of great women.

Are you looking for a new role within the NHS?

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We have supported thousands of doctors like you to make the move before. Our dedicated onboarding experts in India as well as our award-winning digital relocation software, Red Carpet, will help relieve the administrative burden. We’ll help you apply for your visa, secure flights and accommodation, set up a bank account, tips for relocating to the UK, and much, much more.

If you’d like to read more about how Remedium are supporting women in the NHS, check out part two, three, and four of our Doctors International Women’s Day series.

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