Women in medicine is a new project showcasing leading clinicians and the women from the history of medicine who have inspired them.
What we are doing
The project, coordinated by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), brings together the leading medical bodies in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland to profile 52 of the most influential clinicians from the past and present.
The timing of Women in medicine is significant as 2017 is the centenary of the Medical Women’s Federation, and also the first time in history that the majority of the world-renowned medical royal colleges have been led by women.
From 3 October 2017 to 19 January 2018, the RCP is hosting an exhibition of specially commissioned photographic portraits honouring these contemporary and historical medical figures.
Among the historical women featured are internationally acclaimed individuals such as Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Britain’s first formally qualified and recognised female doctor; Dame Sheila Sherlock, the prime mover in the establishment of liver disease as a specialty; and Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the modern hospice movement.
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
- Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare
- The BMJ
- Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine
- Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
- Royal College of Anaesthetists
- Royal College of Emergency Medicine
- Royal College of Surgeons
- Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
- Royal College of Ophthalmologists
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
- Faculty of Public Health
- Medical Women’s Federation
- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Worshipful Society of Apothecaries
- Royal College of Physicians
- Medical Schools Council
- Royal College of Radiologists
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans
- Royal College of Pathologists
- Health Education England