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Meet the speaker: Dr Lydia Akinola

We are delighted that our next speaker for our October SHSK Society Talks will be Old Girl, Dr Lydia Akinola.

2010 leaver, Lydia, decided that she wanted to become a doctor 'after finding out that my initial 'top job' of becoming an astronaut would mean I'd spend months talking to the same three people! I'm naturally very inquisitive and find people fascinating. The doctors in my family always had the best work stories!'

Lydia is now is an Obstetrics & Gynaecology trainee in the Thames Valley (Oxford Deanery). After completing medical school ‘up north’ in Sheffield, she stayed for foundation training (the wonder of the Peaks was a good enough reason to stay) before heading back towards home to study for a MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research in London.  Whilst locuming in several London trusts mainly as a Psychiatry junior, she finally decided women’s health was the way forward and has not looked back since!

Currently, Lydia has been enjoying working with some of her (very!) youngest patients on the labour wards. In her words: 'The best part of my job at the moment is that the labour wards are the only place where people aren't too fussed about being an inpatient! I'm priviledged to be a part of pivotal moments in womens' lives'

Lydia continues to support the students at St Helen's and is signed up as a mentor as part of our Kate Scheme programme which matches Sixth Form students with alumnae to advise and motivate them based on their career aspirations. 


Join us on Thursday 15 October to hear Lydia's talk: 'Life as a Junior Doctor in 2020'. During this talk, Lydia will give 'a day in the life' account of her role as a junior doctor in 2020, discussing both the challenges and opportunities which exist both for her, personally and for those working as medics.

To find out more and to book your place at this free to attend talk which be hosted on Zoom, please click the image below.


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