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Rachel Buckingham (1986 leaver) - Paediatric Orthopaedic Consultant and Surgeon

Rachel works as a Paediatric Orthopaedic Consultant and Surgeon and described a typical day in one of her clinics, including some heart-warming stories of patients under her care throughout their entire childhood life. She celebrated the fact that the health sector in particular is extremely diverse in terms of backgrounds and cultures, but that it is less common for a female to work as a surgeon. Indeed, Rachel was Oxfordshire’s first ever surgeon in her speciality. When asked if she felt that she felt as though she needed to fit in with what has traditionally been a very male dominated sector within the health sector her view was: "Because I was the minority and it was only me, I could really be who I wanted to be and not worry about fitting in with the male surgeons

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