MWIA Northern European Regional Conference, Rungstedgaard, Denmark

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MWIA DenmarkThe 17th Northern European regional conference was hosted by Denmark, in the beautiful setting of Rungsted, halfway between Copenhagen and Helsingor, both easily accessible by train. Attendance of MWIA executive made this a truly multi-national meeting and MWF was represented by six members including Northern Regional Vice President, Helen Goodyear.

The main themes of the meeting were "women's health" and "violence against women", the latter in keeping with the triennial theme of MWIA. The speakers were all of a good standard and the topics presented often represented a different spin on common themes. For example, it was interesting to hear the role mentoring played helping foreign doctors integrate into the Danish system. Denmark appears to have a much more structured system for dealing with international graduates than the UK, an "advantage" of having a less commonly spoken language perhaps. Other presentations included a talk on setting up a drop-in clinic in Burma, the stresses involved in working in a warzone, and the different experiences of women and men undergoing medical education.

Clinical subjects discussed included a session on HIV and various gynaecological topics. President Elect Bettina Pfleiderer presented the results on the MWIA survey on domestic violence. This was accompanied by the results of an EU-wide survey into violence against women, both of which somewhat surprisingly flagged Scandinavia as having the highest reported incidence in Europe.

Socially the Conference dinner was held in Copenhagen, and full advantage was taken of the conference centre's proximity to the Karen Blixen Museum with a drinks reception and guided tour being held there.

Future MWIA meetings will be held in Vienna (2016) – the triennial meeting of MWIA, and the 18th Northern European Regional meeting will be in London (2017) to coincide with the centenary of MWF.

Dr Julie Rutter

MWIA National Co-ordinator, Consultant in Anasthetics, East Midlands

Dr Clarissa Fabre - Report from the World Health Assembly 2014

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cropped clarissaLast week I attended the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, as the Medical Women's International Association (MWIA) representative to the WHO. Over the next 3 years, MWIA is planning to produce a Manual on Domestic and Sexual Violence. Affecting one in three women globally, this subject has received a great deal of publicity in the last year, especially from the WHO and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) read more here and here.

President's Blog - November 2013

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FE CornishWhen we chose the title of our Autumn Meeting a year ago, 'Patients' and Doctors' Safety: Can Women Change the Culture of the NHS?', we could not possibly have known how topical it would be. Patient Safety has never left the headlines in the recent lambasting of doctors and the NHS. Our speakers, including Dame Fiona Caldicott, Vivienne Nathanson and Vicky Osgood, were inspirational and generated lively discussion. Kim Peters and Michelle Ryan discussed their work from Exeter University on Role Models and the need for role models at all levels, not just the ones at the top of the profession who might not seem attainable. We had about 100 delegates, ranging from medical students to professors, so opportunities for talking and networking were ideal.

President's blog April 2014

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FE Cornish

As I write my last President's blog, I cannot think of anything that gives me more pleasure than to celebrate the election of so many women as Presidents of Royal Colleges. We congratulate Jane Dacre as President of the Royal College of Physicians and Suzy Lishman as President of the Royal College of Pathologists, both MWF members. We also congratulate Clare Marx as the first ever female President of the Royal College of Surgeons. It is fantastic for all our members to see how encouragement and support of women can achieve such success, even if it has taken such a long

I have enormously enjoyed my two years as President and would like to thank everyone for their support, hard work and dedication. I am delighted to hand over the Presidency to Sally Davies, and I look forward to my role as Past President.


Dr Fiona Cornish
MWF President 2012-2014
April 2014

MWIA 29th International Congress Seoul, South Korea

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MWIA 29th International Congress Seoul, South KoreaNews and Events, July 31st to August 3rd 2013, Dr Helen Goodyear, Past President of MWF

Six MWF members attended: past presidents myself and Clarissa Fabre, MWIA joint national co-ordinators, Julie Rutter and Sue Overal, Amanda Owen and Elizabeth Youngs. The Korean organising committee had put an immense amount of effort into this event and this certainly paid off.

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Tavistock Square, London,
Tel: 020 7387 7765

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