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Dr Celia Palmer - Vice President SAMF

Dr Celia Palmer

  • Position: Vice President

Dr Celia Palmer

My career in brief…After reading medicine at the London Hospital and medical and surgical house jobs, I pursued anaesthetics to DA level. I then moved into Public Health, focussing on child health and development before becoming an Occupational Physician and completing the mandatory training. Thereafter, I worked in a fascinating variety of organisations, both in the public and the private sectors, providing advice to employees and management about fitness for work and adjustments to accommodate physical and mental disabilities.

What SAMF means to me…Having joined SAMF as one of the first two female members and subsequently becoming the first female member of the Court, I have always been interested in the way in which the role of women in medicine has evolved. I always empathised with the aims and ethos of SAMF, in particular the philosophy of helping doctors and their dependents in returning to work after unanticipated illness, injury or misfortune, in a flexible and unbureaucratic way.

My hopes for the future of SAMF…I hope that the membership will grow and that others in the profession will join the Society, not only as security for themselves and their families but in a spirit of philanthropy, to offer help and support to their colleagues who fall on hard times. History has shown us that the unwelcome and unexpected can strike any family at any time.