23 October 2020
Dr Kirsty Challen appointed chair of new Women in Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group.
The College is constituting a Women in Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group (WEMSIG) to devise a strategy and work programme focussed on addressing gender disparities in Emergency Medicine.
We are very pleased to announce that Dr Kirsty Challen, an Emergency Medicine Consultant at the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, has been appointed as the Chair of Women in Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group.
Dr Challen said: “I am delighted to be chairing the newly formed WEMSIG. While we have come a long way in recent times, gender inequalities are as prevalent in Emergency Medicine as they are in society and manifest in many ways.
“The formation of this group is a step in the right direction in tackling these inequalities. There can be no excuse for overt or structural discrimination in 2020 and I look forward to working with RCEM and all our Members and Fellows to counteract it.”
The College is now looking to appoint members to the WEMSIG. You can find more information about how to apply here.
Emily Beet, Deputy Chief Executive said: “I am delighted to welcome Kirsty to the new role as Chair of the Women in Emergency Medicine Group and look forward to working with her to develop a strategy and work programme to address gender disparities in Emergency Medicine.”
The College is pleased to welcome Dr Challen and wishes her every success in her new role.