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11 April 2016
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Women in leadership: an exposé of what it takes

Prof Kate Thomas, Vice Dean and Programme Director MBChB at University of Birmingham, joined our webinar on 30 March to share her impressive leadership story and discuss some of the issues women face in pursuit of leadership positions.

The webinar, moderated by Maria Goryaeva and Chidi Amadi from the FMLM Medical Student Group, led to a lively discussion about the current state of play and the potential future for women in medical leadership.

Asked about how we can increase the number of women in leadership roles, Prof Thomas replied:"I think making sure that every medical student knows that women are good and effective leaders (...). All medical students are incredibly bright and able and being a medical leader is not just common sense, obviously, but actually your intuition, your understanding of people and your ability to work hard and master the detail and try and understand the strategy – they’re not determined by the absence of a Y chromosome or the presence of a Y chromosome. So the thing I would say is that we need to break down that feeling that it’s a man’s world still. It’s just a people’s world."

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