Inspiring Female Surgeon Honoured by RCSEd
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The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) has recognised the achievements of a University of Edinburgh surgeon who has inspired women to pursue a surgical career at a diploma ceremony held at the 500-year-old Edinburgh College on Friday 4 July 2014.
Dr Jennifer Robson was awarded the Hunter Doig Medal from Britain’s oldest and largest Royal Surgical College, RCSEd, in acknowledgement of her achievements within her medical career, as well as the role she has played in inspiring and motivating female undergraduates and trainees to pursue a career in surgery.
The first Hunter Doig Medal was awarded by RCSEd in 2007, to recognise excellence within the College's female membership. The Medal is named after two of the College's most prolific female surgeons. Alice Headwards-Hunter was the first woman to sit and pass the examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1920. Caroline May Doig, a paediatric surgeon, was the first woman to be elected to the RCSEd Council in 1984. This highly prestigious medal is awarded every second year to a female Fellow or Member of the College who demonstrates career potential and ambition, as well as high standards of good surgical practice, clinical excellence and on-going contribution to education and training.
This year’s recipient of the Hunter Doig Medal, Dr Jennifer Robson is currently Clinical Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and Honorary Specialty Registrar in Vascular Surgery at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
Explaining more about her nomination to receive the College’s Hunter Doig Medal, RCSEd Council Member and Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of Edinburgh Professor James Garden said:
"Dr Robson has made outstanding contributions to education, training and research. The number of training initiatives with which she has been involved is astounding. As well as being awarded ‘Teacher of the Year’ from the University of Edinburgh, she also played a key role in the development of the award-winning Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification, and has shown an innovative approach to delivering teaching and training to foundation doctors and final year medical students. In addition to her training and education contributions, she has excelled in clinical and translational research, undertaking a highly regarded PhD, which explored magnetic resonance imaging of cardiovascular disease.
"Dr Robson is an excellent role model and mentor to undergraduates, current trainees in surgery, and specifically, those women who wish to pursue a career in surgery. It is a pleasure to honour her achievements with the Hunter Doig Medal.”
Commenting on receiving the Hunter Doig medal from the College, Dr Robson said:
"As a trainee it has been very interesting and a great privilege to be involved from the outset in the development of Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification and the other distance learning initiatives run by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh. I feel honoured to have been awarded the Hunter Doig Medal. It is encouraging to see that the College recognises and acknowledges the contributions of its junior Members as well as its more accomplished and well-established Fellows".
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