Mums in medicine
Could you study medicine and be a parent, all at the same time? Anna Down and Kirsty Le Doare even find time to research and write about it
- By: Anna Down, Kirsty Le Doare
“OK, whose idea was this? I'm old (well I'm 30 or thereabouts), and I'm female. Worse, I'm married and I have children. I've also just left a reasonably successful career elsewhere. Is this really the right time to start a medical course?”
It was September 2002 and my first day at St George's Medical School. These thoughts just wouldn't go away.
Fortunately, they have proved unfounded-it most certainly was a good time, and I wasn't the only one there with kids. Within minutes, we had magically migrated towards each other and discovered that we weren't alone in these thoughts. But there were only two of us. Perhaps naively, both of us had assumed that a course aimed at graduates would be more geared up to dealing with people with families.
By definition, graduates are older than your standard medical student. Nationally, acceptances of mature students, defined as students over the