Books & Literature

Picture book to inspire the next generation of women in STEM

Here’s one to add to the story shelf. When I’m a Surgeon, is a delightful picture book that instills in children a belief that anything is possible when you believe in yourself and your vision to ‘do’ you.

Image credit: Dr Samantha Pillay

Here’s one to add to the story shelf. When I’m a Surgeon, is a delightful picture book that instils in children a belief that anything is possible when you believe in yourself and your vision to ‘do’ you. Adelaide surgeon, Dr Samantha Pillay cleverly depicts the many opportunities a career in medicine can offer beyond the expected norms.

The first in a series of five children’s picture books, her vision is to have more young girls pursue a career in surgery in what was historically been a very male-dominated profession.

“Being a surgeon has delivered fantastic opportunities to develop diverse skills, exceeding my expectations. My dream is to have more young women believe that they too can become surgeons,” Dr Pillay highlights on her website.

The Amazon No.1 best-selling author, takes her passion for medicine beyond the focus of ‘grown-ups’ to let kids into her world. Of course all inspirational careers are encouraged through this charming book that reasserts that dreaming truly is believing.

After finishing school, Dr Pillay commenced studying medicine at The University of Adelaide and was driven to take on the challenge, becoming the first woman in SA to complete the adult Urological Surgical training program. Whilst in training, she saw a need for a greater focus on incontinence treatments for women and a need for specialised care. She wanted to establish a speciality practice focusing on the best treatments for women in SA.

Becoming the first urologist in the state to exclusively specialise in female and functional urology, Dr Pillay established Continence Matters in 2002, building her practice into a well-renowned centre of excellence. A single mother and full-time practising surgeon, her passion for writing lead her to create this enchanting book, encouraging young girls to take on the industry.

So if you’re looking for something a little more inspirational for your child to read, this beautiful picture book is certainly one for the list.

When I’m a Surgeon is available to purchase at Amazon.

Find out more about Dr Samantha Pillay and her work here.

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