Now in its 15th year, the annual Marie Bashir Address celebrates and reflects upon the status, achievements and future of women in medicine. As tradition, this event will be held at The Women's College, and includes a three course formal dinner with drinks, keynote address, interactive Q&A session and the opportunity to network with alumni, faculty and members of the wider healthcare community.

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Yumiko Kadota pertaining to her experiences as a surgical registrar and her advocacy for mental wellbeing amongst the field of Medicine.

Dr. Kadota graduated from UNSW Medicine in 2010. She was working as a Plastic Surgery registrar when she experienced burnout last year. Despite protests from her GP and other surgeons at the hospital, her punishing roster in which she was on-call 10 days every fortnight remained the same. She eventually made the decision to resign, which she wrote about in a blog post “The ugly side of becoming a surgeon,” which drew mainstream media attention. She has since become an advocate for doctors’ health and is using her platform to speak to medical students and doctors. Outside of medicine she is certified as both a yoga and fitness instructor. She has completed 2 marathons, 12 half marathons and 2 triathlons during her time as a junior doctor. Whilst she is still recovering, Yumiko enjoys illustrating and reading books.

We encourage all students to avail this opportunity of meeting inspiring, like-minded people at this event. 

Marie Bashir Address 2019 (SUMS student)


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