The goal of the BMFMS is to improve standards of pregnancy care and trainees have a vital role to play in achieving this. The two trainee representatives on the BMFMS committee endorse trainees’ views and promote ways in which the society can support their needs. The BMFMS can help provide support, training, mentorship, as well as funding for research and travel grants. The trainee representatives want to ensure trainees and medical students benefit from society membership, become fully involved in society activities and can contribute to its success.
The trainee representative play and active role in committee meetings and the organisation of the conference, including a session designed specifically for trainees. They are also involved on an annual basis in the RCOG careers fairs which provides junior doctors and medical students with the opportunity to explore the career opportunities afforded by obstetrics and gynaecology. These are usually November and February respectively - see www.rcog.org.uk/en/courses-exams-events/store/.
The trainee representatives are initially elected to a three year term of office. Any trainee who is a member of the BMFMS can stand for election in this position.
At present the trainee representatives are Dr Sarah Murray and Dr Caroline Knight. Dr Sarah Murray is an ST5 trainee in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Edinburgh. She is currently out of programme undertaking a Wellcome trust Clinical Research fellowship investigating the optimum timing of delivery of twins. In her 'spare time' she is the RCOG trainee representative for North, South and East of Scotland and chair of the South East Scotland trainees committee. Dr Caroline Knight is an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer / subspecialty trainee in Maternal Fetal Medicine at King's College London / St Thomas' Hospital, London. She trained in south west London and Kent, Surrey, and Sussex (KSS) deaneries, and has a DPhil in O&G from the University of Oxford, where she investigated the measurement of fetal limb fat using ultrasound and MRI. She has previously been a trainees' rep at local and national committees, including RCOG trainee rep for KSS.
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