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Women in Science

Jane worked in the NHS for many years as a junior doctor and then as a Registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology. She was then appointed as a consultant gynaecologist, employed by the University. Having done her Master’s degree she now works 50% as a clinician and 50% teaching medical students, which she enjoys very much.

BackgroundPortrait of Jane Moore

at the time of the interview - June 2015

Jane is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Course Tutor for Oxford medical students. She is based in the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She has two teenage children. Ethnic background/nationality: White British.

Extended biography

at the time of the interview - June 2015

Jane grew up in a family which included many doctors and she always wanted to be a doctor too. She went to Cambridge and then London for her medical studies. She enjoyed clinical work, particularly surgery, and decided to become an obstetrican/gynaecologist.

If we believe that supporting our families is important, that’s lifelong ... you can’t think, ‘Oh well I’ll just do it for five years when the children are little.’ ... we’re selling a myth and we need to stop doing that

After finishing her basic training, Jane worked for two and a half years as a junior doctor. Then she took some time out and worked abroad for a year. Then she worked as an NHS Registrar for about 10 years. When she had her first baby she took 6 months maternity leave. After that Jane did a research job at Oxford, funded by a grant that a Consultant had obtained from Industry. The work involved understanding the management of pelvic pain. She worked three days a week for three years, during which she had another six months maternity leave funded by the University. Jane also did a qualitative research project which was submitted for her Master’s degree. This all happened when her children were small. She had a very supportive boss, who allowed her to work at home and have flexible hours. When her youngest child was one and a half Jane returned to the NHS and did her final two years of training as a Registrar. She did this over three and a half years, working part time. Jane thinks that she took more responsibility for her children than their father did, but when she was working the children had a good nursery, which helped.

Jane applied for a post as an honorary consultant gynaecologist funded through the University by working in the IVF Unit which was part of the University at that time. In 2009 Jane took on the teaching role which she currently holds.

Jane has also been involved in a few other research projects, including one she did for her Master’s Degree, but she has always been primarily a clinician. Her salary is paid by the University. Jane spends about 50% of her time doing clinical work and 50% of her time teaching obstetrics and gynaecology to undergraduates in the medial school. She really enjoys her teaching role and she feels well supported by the medical school. She values the Diploma in Learning and Teaching which she did at the Oxford Learning Institute, and which was paid for by the University. This was a part time course.