When women in medicine succeed, everyone does

The first and only woman to lead a medical defence organisation, Dr Christine Tomkins has combined a high-flying career and family life. She explains why everyone gains when women have an equal opportunity to succeed.

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Women in medical leadership at all levels

University society presidents May Al-Shawk and Ndidi Edi-Osagie are both keen to showcase role models at all stages of a medic’s career, not just medics at the top of their game.

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Planning an elective alone can be daunting. However, it was one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences I have had to date.


Travelling solo: a surgical elective in Vietnam

A surgical elective in Vietnam helped medical student Alexander Chan grow in confidence. But travelling the country on his own was also a bold new adventure.

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What should I do if I encounter racism from a patient?

If you face racial discrimination from patients on the ward or in a surgery, there are several things you can do.

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Why I decided to become... a plastic surgeon

Consultant plastic reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon Mr Tim Goodacre shares his passion for the transformative power of plastic surgery.

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MDU podcasts: learn on the go

Pop your headphones on and listen to our new medico-legal podcasts.

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Here for you from medical school throughout your career

The MDU is committed to supporting members throughout their career as doctors. Find out how we can assist you even when you’re no longer practising.

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When should I disclose information to the police?

Confidentiality between doctors and patients is an important principle, but it’s not absolute in the UK. Dr Sally Old explores the times you may need to disclose patient information to the police.

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Intercalation – a break from studies or a career move?

Intercalating comes with lots of benefits and is a personal decision for each student. Dr Victoria Fisher shares her unique story of supporting her university’s student outreach activities during her intercalation.

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