Please briefly describe your clinical/medical experience to date?
I qualified as a doctor in 2009 and am a paediatric registrar in London. I’ve worked all over London gaining experience in lots of settings and only have a short time left in training before I become a consultant, but have taken a career pause to focus on paediatric allergy.
What motivated you to enter paediatric medical care in the first place?
I have loved paediatrics ever since medical school-I remember feeling like it was the best fit for my personality in the way I relate to patients and their families. In my third year, my supervisor for my paediatric placement wrote in my report that I’d “make a good paediatrician” and I can still remember how proud that made me feel. I did some volunteering at medical school, teaching sex education in schools with a student organisation called MedSex, and for Teddy Bear Hospital which helped children and their families prepare for a stay at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. I loved working with the kids and their grown ups, being able to interact with them away from trying to remember lists of symptoms and signs of conditions! After medical school we do two years of rotations through various specialties called Foundation Training. I moved halfway through and as a result had to give up my paediatric post. After my plans to move to Australia after F2 had to be cancelled due to a family emergency, I applied last minute to a 4-month paediatric job after F2 and have never looked back!
How will the funding from The Evie Dove Foundation help you to advance your career and your impact/services to children?
I applied to TEDF for funding to cover the tuition fees for the second year of a masters in allergy. I’m really passionate about paediatric allergy and the course I am on at Imperial College London is incredible. I am so proud to be a student on it, it’s improved my practice already after just the first year. I really hope it will help me work long term in paediatric allergy. I had some study budget towards the first year’s costs as I was still a trainee, but I won’t get any this year as I have paused my training jobs, so this funding will help hugely and mean I won’t have to spend so many weekends working locum shifts.
How did you find out about The Evie Dove Foundation?
One of my friends from work told me about TEDF. I have loved learning about Evie and feel so proud to be a part of the foundation. In the lovely things shared about her, I have found that many of Evie’s qualities remind me of my eldest daughter. I can only imagine how much Evie is missed and I am in awe of the amazing work the trustees are doing in her honour. Speaking to the trustees through this process has been so enjoyable. I am so grateful for this funding.
Tell us about yourself!
I live on the outskirts of London with my husband and two young daughters. As a family we love going to the forest near where we live and escaping to the coast as my girls love the beach! I also really enjoy gardening – it helps me switch off from any work stress. I also enjoy pilates and watching guilty-pleasure TV!