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Regional Director case studies

Dorothy Kufeji

We talk to Regional Director Dorothy Kufeji

Tell us about your role as a Regional Director and what’s involved?
I see the RD role as a role that is designed to bridge the gap between the College and members within the region. The RD engages with the college to communicate College strategy, campaigns and all aspects of the work of the college to members whilst also bringing the views and concerns of the members to the College. Understanding this is fundamental to making the most of your time as RD, making an impact and managing to enjoy all the work that it entails!

What have been your highlights in the role so far?

Outreach work with medical students and junior doctors aspiring to become surgeons. I have run seminars and workshops such as "So you want to be a surgeon" where on behalf of the college, I am able to reach out to young people who are the future of surgery and membership of the College.

Organising and facilitating events that touch on contemporary issues that are of importance for members such as the ''Rising incidence of Trauma" event. These are very popular and have excellent reviews.

Representing the president at important stakeholder meetings and conferences e.g King's Fund. This gives me first hand of understanding of wider issues at regional and national level that I report back to the president. Such experience also helps me to better assist members within my region

Working with colleagues across the country to understand what is important to surgeons and provide practical support on the ground to surgeons in their day to day work.

Why did you decide to become a Regional Director?
Having worked in different roles in education (at regional and national level) as well as leadership within my Trust, I wanted to do more at a Strategic level and help to promote the work of the College in its commitment to 'enabling surgeons to achieve and maintain the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care.'

Any advice or top tips for anyone thinking about applying?
Come with innovative ideas to contribute and you will be well supported.

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