Dr Rosie Baruah
Rosie is the Chair of the WICM group. She is a consultant in critical care and anaesthesia at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. With WICM she aims to promote ICM as a female-friendly specialty to women in all stages of their medical training, from undergraduate level upwards.
July 2018:Welcome to the WICM Blog
The Women in Intensive Care Medicine group is starting a monthly blog, which will be hosted here on the WICM pages of the FICM website. This blog will be a mixture of personal accounts of life as an ICM consultant, discussion of interesting articles or initiatives around the topics of inclusion in medicine, and allow us to showcase WICM’s activities to you all.
The Core WICM group first met in September 2017 and we have spent the time since them carefully planning a strategy to allow us to promote our key aim of investigating and removing potential barriers to careers in ICM for women. Booking will shortly open for our first one day meeting on the 6th February 2019, “Critical Care Without Ceilings.”
This meeting is open to anybody who cares about inclusion in ICM and will be like no other meeting you have been to before. The morning is packed with talks on topics such as succeeding as an introvert, dealing with failure, and being an effective ally in ICM. The afternoon will give you an opportunity either to have mentor training (to allow us to set up a WICM mentor network – more about that later!) or attend two fantastic workshops on the value of bias in the ICU, and negotiating and influencing skills. It isn’t hard to find really high quality education on sepsis, or heart failure, or management of trauma….but we all know that it’s the ‘soft skills’ that can help us the most when we are in charge of a busy ICU and this meeting will give you lots of material to reflect on, and new skills to help you become a more effective intensivist. We really look forward to seeing you there!
Expect blog posts in the next few months on other WICM workstreams and projects, such as Regional Meetups, Return to Work, mentoring and coaching, and the WICM Emerging Leadership programme.