Jahnavi Daru is an SpR in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as a Clinical Lecturer.
Despite the time away from home, Jahnavi enjoys his career and helping women with complex needs throughout their pregnancies. He took the time to answer some questions about his work and the advice he would give to young people to get into his amazing career.
Can you give some examples of what you do in a typical day or week?
I spend half of my time looking after women experiencing complex pregnancies, such as blood disorders. The other half of my time is spent teaching medical students about pregnancy and carry out research to improve the care that we, as healthcare professionals who look after pregnant women, deliver to those who need it most.
What do you enjoy most and least about your work?
It’s a hugely rewarding job. I like being able to talk about the new research to the women I look after and how it will, ultimately, improve their lives and those of their children.
It’s stressful and I often spend time away from my family.
How did you get into your current career?
I went to medical school in 2004, did a BSc in 2008, and graduated in 2010 from Imperial College London with my primary medical degree.
After graduating, I split my time between academic medicine and clinical training. I did a Masters in clinical research at Queen Mary in 2015 and then progressed to a PhD, which I am just submitting. I spent some time working in policy at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva to understand how research can be implemented into practice.
I will continue to split my time between research, teaching, and clinical work from October 2019 onward.
What advice would you give someone starting out in your career?
Work hard, take every opportunity that comes your way, and enjoy the time you have going the things you enjoy and are good at.
What are your future career plans?
I hope to continue helping women with blood disorders who are or want to be pregnant with the best available evidence to improve their lives and those of their babies.
Thank you, Jahnavi, for sharing your fantastic story and tips on how to follow your career.
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