Dr Mariam Al-Attar is currently an Academic Foundation Year 1 doctor at Manchester Foundation Trust. She graduated from Lancaster University where she held a number of positions that make her qualified to be an M4RD ambassador, including: President of Lancaster Medical Ethics Society and the Peer-Assisted Learning Society. She was also the winner of The Student Voice Essay Competition 2017 and you can read about how she became interested in rare diseases in her guest blog link.
As well as writing a guest blog for M4RD, Mariam has produced an excellent learning resource about small vessel vasculitis and she is currently helping with the data analysis for the M4RD Red Flags Survey.
“I would love to be an M4RD ambassador as I feel strongly about the organisation’s aims and goals. In my medical training, I have experienced first hand the difficulties faced by patients with rare diseases, and the difference it can make if doctors are actively aware of these issues.
I am passionate about rheumatology, a specialty often neglected by medical students and other practitioners because so many of the conditions are rare, and therefore “unlikely” for them to come across. However, collectively, rare diseases are not rare – and this is a message which I am keen to put across to as many people as possible.”
– Dr Mariam Al-Attar
Academic Foundation Year 1 doctor
Dr Thomas Dunne
Dr Thomas Dunne is currently an Academic Foundation Year 1 doctor at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He graduated from The University of Birmingham where he was a co-founder and President of Birmingham Rare Disease Society. He co-produced their annual Rare Disease Training Day in 2017 and has also been seen dressed up as an elf while volunteering for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. His other voluntary commitments have included providing 1:1 childcare for The Newman Holiday Trust and being a swimming instructor for children with a variety of disabilities.
Tom already has experience as an ambassador through work with The Royal College of Psychiatrists. Tom’s volunteering experience and interest in psychiatry has lead to a great interest in rare diseases.
“Through founding the rare diseases society and organising a number of teaching events, I have been dedicated to educating others about the importance of managing patients with rare diseases.
I am interested in academic medicine and rare diseases is a field with rapidly evolving research, especially with the 100K genome project. The way in which this could benefit our rare disease patient population in the coming years is immeasurable and it would be exciting to be involved in this.
Ultimately, I am passionate about working with young people and educating other healthcare professionals in how to manage rare disease patients, thus making their medical journey is an easier one.”
– Dr Thomas Dunne