This Doctor Can is a campaign that supports the wellbeing, development and retention of physicians from all backgrounds and walks of life.
What we are doing
This Doctor Can celebrates diversity and promotes equality and inclusion by showcasing role models from across the broad spectrum of our membership. It also offers helpful information about RCP activities and initiatives in education, leadership, quality improvement, public relations and policy, all aimed at making every doctor feel included and inspired to progress in their careers.
What or who inspired you to become a doctor?
If you’re interested in getting involved in the campaign and would like to inspire others who may relate to your story, please get in touch. There are a number of ways you can contribute such as writing a blog post, taking part in a podcast recording, or offering a short comment for Twitter among other things.
Contact Hannah.Perlin@rcplondon.ac.uk for more details. We’d love to hear from you.
Join us on Twitter @ThisDoctorCan to tell us your inspiring story and share the campaign with others using hashtag #thisdoctorcan.
Read about our role models
- Professor Mike Almond, Forces in Mind trust professor of veterans and family studies at Anglia Ruskin University talks about working in both the NHS and the military in his blog.
- East, Central and Southern Africa College of Physicians (ECSACoP) trainee, Dr Ezra Nnunda Kibirango talks us through his journey into medicine in his article My quest to become the best doctor in Uganda
- RCP censor, Dr Robert Wright Dr Rob Wright shares his experience with mental illness and speaks out to those who might be going through the same thing in his blog When depression strikes.
- Consultant Ben Summerskill talks about why equality and diversity in medicine matters in his article Why I'm helping the RCP put equality and diversity at the forefront of everything they do.
- Professor Abdallah Al-Mohammad talks about his journey from school boy in Syria to professor of cardiology in England in his article The road from Damascus.
- Dr Jo Szram shares how her experience has shaped her desire to create true flexibility in the NHS in her article Pregnancy, parenthood and navigating a career as a doctor.
- Dr Simon Fleming talks about his determination to become a doctor, despite the odds, in his article Can we fix it? Yes, we can.
- Dr Krystyna Darasz, associate specialist in cardiology, talks about her decision to become an SAS doctor in her article The SAS way of life.
- Dr Tom Wells shares his story of finding the strength to become a doctor after being paralysed from the chest down in a skiing accident in his article The paraplegic oncologist.
- Dr Akon Esara talks about her determination, despite the challenges of racial discrimination, to work in the NHS and follow her mother's footsteps in her article Flying in the face of discrimination.
- Dr Asif Munaf reflects on his journey into medicine, from council estate in Sheffield to new member’s ceremony at the RCP, in his article Growing up in a deprived area didn’t stop me pursuing my dream as a doctor.
- Dr Helen Grote talks about how her deafness has helped her hear those with disabilities in her article The Listening Doctor.
- RCP Education Fellow Hussain Basheer explores his journey into medicine from Hong Kong to Sunderland in his article My journey into medicine.
- Dr Iain Lawrie, President of the Association for Palliative Medicine, reflects on what it’s like to be part of the medical LGBT community in his article Proud to be a physician.