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Mahua Chakrabarti: Blissful operator

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 10 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4038
Duncan Smith


Mahua Chakrabarti is chair of the trainees’ committee of the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow. A graduate of the University of Glasgow, she is a surgical registrar training in colorectal and emergency services at the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. A self confessed simulation fanatic, she believes that using simulation to train surgeons enables them to enter their surgical rotation with much more confidence.

What was your earliest ambition?

I’ve wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember. My family encouraged me from a young age. However, being a surgeon is my passion and what makes me a little non-conformist.

What was your best career move?

Applying for surgical training.

What was the worst mistake in your career?

It’s haunted me for many years that I wasted two years of research and never actually completed my thesis.

How is your work-life balance?

I always describe my life as a military operation. Having three children and a husband who often works away from home means that I need to feel in control of everything. Family always comes …

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