F1 Doctor, 26, London, Dermatology
Milla, 26, is a fully fledged Chelsea socialite. She thrives on the busy work, travel and the social life that comes with it, which she describes as ‘wonderfully vibrant’. The daughter of Bulgarian parents, Milla grew up in Buckinghamshire where she went to Stowe boarding school. She is incredibly close to her family, is the elder sibling and first family member to enter the medical profession.
During medical school Milla completed a Masters at LSE, medical training in Milan for six months and an internship at the World Health Organisation. After qualifying, Milla won a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship, for which she took a year out to travel around the US, Sweden and Switzerland conducting research into hospital management practices.
Milla has her heart set on a career in dermatology and begins her first year in the Dermatology department; a competitive and sought-after dream job. Having had a year out, as well as starting at a new hospital on night shifts will be a welcome challenge for Milla.
Why did you go into medicine?
I’ve wanted to be a doctor since I was six years old; I wanted to design the medicine of life to keep my parents alive forever. That transformed into playing around with test tubes and an interest in biology.
Tell us something that we wouldn’t ordinarily know about you that is completely unrelated to your profession?
I’m a Sabreur! I was introduced to ‘Sabrage’, the art of opening a bottle of champagne with a Sabre, through a friend of mine at Oxford. He invited me to a ball and forgot to tell me that the same evening I would be initiated into La Confrérie du Sabre d'Or (The Confederation of the Golden Sabre).
Do you avoid admitting you are a doctor in social situations so you don’t get drawn in to diagnosing everyone’s ailments?
No, I’m proud of being a doctor! Although when I met Hugh Grant, he wouldn’t believe me; it was quite amusing and I didn’t have anything on me to prove it.
If you were not a doctor what would you be?
A linguist, I absolutely love languages and travelling, I speak French, German, some Russian and Bulgarian. I also did an exchange in my third year at medical school in paediatrics and picked up some Italian too.