Michaella set up a mentoring programme for aspiring surgeons, has been on committees for Melanin Medics and for Students & Foundation Doctors in Otolaryngology, and is now enrolled on the Emerging Leaders programme through RCSEng. In this episode, she tells me that every doctor is a leader, whether they have formal designation or not. For her, leadership is about leaving the situation / people better than she found them, and the key to noticing improvement opportunities is to have your eyes open for things that aren't as they should be and then doing something about it. And it's important not to talk yourself out of applying for roles through a belief that others are better than you, there will always be set backs, but what's the worst thing than can happen? Just focus on what is meaningful to you and take it one step at a time.
Michaella Cameron works as a London based ENT registrar with a special interest in mentoring, career development programmes and Diversity/Equity/Inclusion initiatives. She volunteers her time as the Students and Foundation Doctors In Otolaryngology representatives network lead and the Melanin Medics programmes coordinator for Surgin: The Lewin Programme. In order to improve her own leadership style and voice, Michaella is currently completing an Royal College of Surgeons Emerging Leaders fellowship.
You can find her on LinkedIn.