Trainees Committee representative – Wessex
Dr Ricia Gwenter qualified from Swansea’s Graduate Entry Medicine programme in 2016 before moving to North Wales where she completed both foundation training and core medical training.
At the start of 2022, Dr Gwenter moved to the Wessex Deanery to start gastroenterology and general internal medicine specialty training.
Dr Gwenter has been passionate about representing the interests of trainees for some time, serving as the student representative for both her undergraduate and then medical degrees. During core medical training, she was an RCP associate college tutor and alongside this chaired a local junior doctor forum. Dr Gwenter was elected to the RCP Trainees Committee in 2022, and is also the current British Society of Gastroenterology representative for Wessex.
Dr Gwenter has an interest in medical education and medical leadership and completed a postgraduate certificate of medical education in 2017.
She is excited to continue to advocate for trainees within her role at the RCP. Given the challenges faced moving forward with the new curriculum, trainee input is vital to shape future directives. Dr Gwenter is keen to collaborate to find innovative solutions to optimise training opportunities, especially in the context of considerable service pressures existing prior to and as a result of COVID-19. She is particularly eager to explore trainee wellbeing given the increased awareness of burnout within medicine. Finally, Dr Gwenter wishes to be involved with the processes which promote equity in relation to recruitment to both medical training and specialty training.