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Kirsten qualified from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in South Africa in 1997. She has had a varied clinical career working in obstetrics (in rural South Africa), anaesthetics, and postsurgical intensive care, general practice, and psychiatry. She has a diploma in anaesthetics from the South African College of Anaesthetists. In 2004 she decided to pursue an interest in perinatal psychiatry through a research opportunity at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. In 2006 she began a training editorial registrarship at the BMJ for a year. After working freelance for the BMJ as an associate editor for two years she became an assistant clinical editor on the BMJ editorial staff. She edits the clinical reviews section and appraises research submissions.
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