The St George’s Four: Meet the women that shaped St George’s

As part of our international women’s day campaign, we visited the archives to delve through the rich history of George’s. Here we discovered the hidden stories of the first women to study at St George’s or, as they were commonly known at the time, the George’s Four.

 Hetty Claremont, Mariam Bostock, Helen Ingleby and Elizabeth O’Flynn were the first women to study at what was then St George’s medical school, admitted to study for three months at St George’s for clinical skills training in 1915, which, at the time, was an extremely controversial decision, but due to the depleted numbers of male students and doctors the board decide to allow the women to enrol.

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"We, as healthcare professionals of all hues, must be aware of our potential to be advocates to ensure the voice and needs of women are heard"

On International Women’s Day, Professor Jenny Higham, Principal of St George’s, University of London shares her thoughts about threats to women’s health and wellbeing worldwide and how we can begin to overcome them.   

What are the main threats to women’s health and wellbeing you see worldwide?

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"I don't think I'd have written these particular stories if I hadn't spent these years studying in Tooting"

International Women’s Day is an annual event which falls on 8 March each year. It has celebrated the achievements of women around the world since 1911. The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is ‘Balance for Better’ to help forge a more gender-balanced world.

Roopa Farooki is a fourth-year graduate entry medic and published author. She is about to launch a series of children books about black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women in science.

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Building outstanding facilities for inspiring education and research

This month (February 2019) St George’s, University of London began a programme of redevelopment designed with students in mind.

On the ground floor, staff offices are being demolished to make way for a brand-new lecture theatre, meeting rooms and break-out space.

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Alleviating childhood anxieties around healthcare

Student Volunteering Week is an annual event celebrating the voluntary work done by students across the UK. Currently in its 18th year, Student Volunteering Week 2019 ran from Monday 11 to Sunday 17 February.

To mark the week, we chatted with the co-presidents of Teddy Bear Hospital – a scheme with over 600 student volunteers at St George’s - Manasvi Dwaraknath and Aamie Patel.

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