15 minute interview: The new president of the Medical Women's Federation
Bhupinder Sandhu is the president of the Medical Women's Federation. Combining a career as a high flying professor of paediatric gastroenterology with family life, she epitomises everything that the federation stands for. Karen Hebert spent 15 minutes with her and found out all about smallpox, DIY, and her involvement in the Medical Women's Federation.
Committed, enthusiastic, driven, caring, and sociable.
I think there are still some deep seated prejudices or stereotypical perceptions that result in women not achieving in some fields the profile of which they are capable. There are very few women in senior clinical academic positions—for example, deans of medical schools. It is most encouraging to see women now as presidents of the royal colleges and the BMA. But women have been members of the club for a long time and it has taken a long, long time to reach these prominent positions.
I also think that for women, most of whom want to have a family, it's still difficult to balance the demands of a medical career with the demands of family life. We need more flexible training and flexible careers, for both men and women in medicine. We need to ensure that they make as full a contribution to patient