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Jane Dacre: Heavily indebted to Barty

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 16 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4862


Jane Dacre, 59, was elected president of the Royal College of Physicians in April 2014 and took office three months later. She is director of University College London Medical School and a consultant in rheumatology at the Whittington Hospital in north London. She sees her mission as empowering physicians by restating the care values of the profession and encouraging positive leadership. She wants to bring more young people from minority backgrounds into medicine and fears that too much whingeing about how awful the job is may be putting them off. “It’s actually a brilliant profession,” she says.

What was your earliest ambition?

I decided to become a doctor at age 12 because I liked biology and people, and it seemed to fit. I was hugely influenced by my late father, who was an anaesthetist and was very wise.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

The first women doctors, who were extraordinarily dedicated to medicine. We think that we …

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