Women in Medicine Month

Each September, the AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) honors physicians who have offered their time, wisdom and support to advance women with careers in medicine. Here at Stanford Ob/Gyn we are excited to share stories from our own faculty members about their journeys.  

Why did you decide to become a doctor?

When I was a kid, I remember thinking that being a doctor was a perfect blend of “science and helping people.” Despite having no idea what being a doctor even meant or what it entailed, I just never looked back.

Why is it important to mentor and uplift women in medicine?

With the increasing numbers of women and gender minorities in medicine, we make up a greater percentage of the more junior faculty. The best care is provided by diverse teams at all levels, and most unique ideas emerge. The more we reach out a hand to each other, the more we can help each other upwards, ultimately for the sake of our patients and research.

What can we do better to encourage more women to become clinicians and physicians?

Show up! We need to let women and gender minorities see representation and success in medicine to encourage others to enter the field, but more importantly we need to keep showing up for each other once they are here, recognizing and remembering the challenges of starting out and making the road a better one to travel for those who come next — to make medicine better than we found it. Also, more vacation time? 😉

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