Job interview success – be yourself

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By Dr Emma Wiley, microbiology registrar

Interviews can often be daunting as you prepare to present the best version of yourself in both a professional and personal capacity. The more you want the vacancy, the more stressful things can become. It’s always important to take a step back,

Letter to RCGP Annual Conference 2019

Dear Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard,

I hope this message finds you well.

As the President of the British Islamic Medical Association, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for reviewing your invite to Julia Hartley-Brewer to speak at the RCGP Annual Conference.

Like many others, we were concerned at her initial invitation as she has a long history of anti-immigrant and Islamophobic rhetoric.

Response by BIMA to the GMC statement regarding a complaint involving a GP and patient wearing a face veil

We, the British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA), would like to thank the General Medical Council (GMC) for their balanced and reasonable response to the recent highly publicised complaint involving Dr Keith Wolverson and an unnamed member of the British public who wears a niqab (face veil) [1].

We hope that this incident is handled in a way that protects the dignity of both the patient and the doctor in question,

Eid Mubarak

Assalamo Alaikom

Eid-ul-Fitr is here, and may Allah bless you and your families with a wonderful Eid.

Although there may be a tinge of sadness as we approach the end of Ramadan, this sadness should not prevail. We should be grateful that we have been able to participate in this blessed month,

Ramadan Mubarak

O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.” (2:183)

Ramadan is upon us and what a delightful guest it is. A holy month in which Allah offers us the biggest opportunity for redemption. It is imperative we make the most of this chance.

Medicines, Healthcare and the Holy Month of Ramadan

By Amira Shaikh, Deputy Senior Clinical Pharmacist; NHS 111 pharmacist advisor; Royal Pharmaceutical Society Ambassador

Providing tools and resources related to understanding different cultures is essential for pharmacists’ competency to provide optimal care. While serving Muslim patients who observe fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, patient autonomy should be taken into account. Where the patient chooses to continue to fast despite contrary advice they must be given the support and tools to retain their engagement in case of an emergency.

Cancer screening awareness – importance and impact

By Dr Lubna Salim, GP

Photo by Miguel Á. Padriñán from Pexels

وَأَنْ لَيْسَ لِلْإِنْسَانِ إِلَّا مَا سَعَىٰ

And that man shall have nothing but what he strives for (Surah An-Najm 53:39). It is interesting to note that Allah says that man shall have in accordance to his efforts rather than just his actions.

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Hijab and Bare Below the Elbows – a reflection…

Stock image of Muslim HCP in half-sleeved uniform

Every healthcare student and professional starts their journey starry-eyed and keen to make a good impression on colleagues. Potential conflict with supervisors or disciplinary procedures would definitely be on the list of things to dread! So what do we do when a hospital policy is at odds with our religious identity and faith that we hold so dear?

BIMA Statement on the RCP Assisted Suicide Poll

We at the British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) recognise there are challenging dilemmas facing patients, their families, and their physicians at the end of life. However, we are opposed to the concept of assisted suicide. The recent efforts to change the Royal College of Physician’s stance from one of opposition to one of neutrality are troubling, and we are concerned about the many implications that this will have on doctors,