5 Great Reasons to Become a Student Member of MWF!
- Support and Advice - As part of the largest body of female doctors in the UK, you will be in contact with doctors from all branches of the profession, who are always willing to offer support and relevant careers advice.
- Grants and Bursaries - MWF offers numerous grants and bursaries throughout the year and members are given priority in the judging process.
- Build Confidence - and your CV! - Student members can submit articles to MWF's Journal, offering a great chance to have your work published. Members are also encouraged to present abstracts/essays at our bi-annual national conferences.
- Networking - We offer a special reduced rate to students wishing to attend our national meetings. These events give an opportunity to meet fellow students and doctors, as well as being educationally worthwhile.
- Medical Woman Magazine/Monthly Newsletter - All members receive our journal, 'Medical Woman' three times a year. MWF members also receive our monthly e-newsletter, which contains important and up to the minute news as well as information on future events.
My first exposure to MWF was as a grant recipient while at medical school in 2004. Having never considered myself a 'prize' student, it boosted my confidence immensely – not to mention the financial help! I published my elective experience in the bulletin– another big confidence booster!
"Having qualified now - in retrospect, the biggest difference MWF made was giving me tangible reason to believe in myself while still a student. My ambitions were consistently supported, opportunities always being in abundance. For all my insecurities as a student, I ended up having more on my CV at graduation than many of my friends!" Dr Vino Apok F1 in Cardiology Kingston Hospital
Benefits of Membership for Doctors
- ACCEA Awards - MWF is a nominating body for ACCEA awards. We put forward citations to accompany members' applications. Last year 7 of the 9 applications MWF supported were successful. MWF also runs workshops on improving ACCEA forms, giving members the chance to receive feedback from MWF Officers who hold ACCEA awards all the way up to Platinum.
- Chance to be published - As a member you will receive our journal, Medical Woman, three times a year. This contains relevant articles and reports. Members are encouraged to contribute, offering the chance to be published in a peer read publication.
- Support and Advice - As part of the largest body of female doctors in the UK you will benefit from extensive support and advice. Our officers and members are always willing to offer support and relevant careers advice or put you in touch with the relevant body.
- National Meetings - networking & CPD Points - We hold two major meetings a year, for which members receive discounted prices. Members are invited to present abstracts and the meetings give an excellent chance to network and improve your professional knowledge. Meetings are CPD point accredited.
- Local Groups - As well as joining a national organisation you become part of a smaller, local group. They organise social, medical, careers and other events, and offer members advice. Local groups also provide opportunities to take part in committee work at a regional level.
- International - The MWF is an active member of the Medical Women's International Association (MWIA) which has worldwide membership and hosts an annual congress. By becoming a member of MWF you gain free membership of the MWIA.
- We welcome medical women from all cultures and backgrounds. In every stage of your medical career you will find an unrivalled network of women doctors. Whether you are looking for support or willing to provide it, with the MWF you can. Help us to shape the future!
For many years I thought that the fight had been fought and won and that we are all equal, but on several occasions throughout my medical career I have been given reason to understand that this is not so - most recently when at the ARM I was advised that I should have been at home looking after my children rather than busy with Medico-politics!
The kids always get really excited when I'm mentioned in the Papers or on the radio or TV but best of all is when they say to my husband "You need to work harder, there's nothing about you when we 'Google you' unlike Mummy"!"
Dr Helena McKeown Part-time GP Principal