21 October 2020
Old Girls, staff members and aspiring medics from our Sixth Form were delighted to hear reflections and insights into the ‘life as junior doctor in 2020’ from 2010 leaver, Lydia Akinola.
During this, our third SHSK Society online talk, Lydia spoke with great pride about her role working for the NHS as a junior doctor in obstetrics and gynaecology. Despite coming from a family who had a history of female medics, Lydia originally wanted to become an astronaut. However, describing herself as ‘nosy and inquisitive’, she soon realised that life as an astronaut would not give her the human interactions she craved.
Picking up on themes raised as part of Black History Month, Lydia touched on issues of resilience and racism and highlighted the lack of black and minority ethnic staff at senior levels within the NHS.
Quoting Martin Luther King and Michelle Obama, Lydia’s continues to be inspired by those who encourage a life helping people and offering opportunities to others wherever possible.