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?

I was always interested in science — from backyard bugs to dissecting frogs at age six to high school chemistry and biology. When I finished high school, I thought I would follow in Jane Goodall's footsteps and live with and study Chimpanzees. Things took a different turn when, in college, I began to appreciate just how much sex, sexuality, periods, birth control and abortion were stigmatized. I was drawn to the special relationship that a gynecologist has in educating and supporting her patients about their bodies and lives and support their reproductive and sexual autonomy without judgment or shame.

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

As a woman in medicine, an essential part of my job is to empower those around me. From my patients to students to trainees to faculty, I aim to inspire others that they can exist, thrive and lead in spaces that they may not have considered. We should all work to keep doors open behind us to allow those coming after us to succeed. Through mentorship, one of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping others to find their passions, paths and professional fulfillment.

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

In order to continue to inspire people, especially women and gender minorities, to enter medicine, we need to create systems that support integration of work and life and value individual contributions while supporting strengths and interests. We need to challenge our processes in medicine and academics to allow for progress and create inclusive spaces that promote diversity of thought and lived experience. We specifically need to expose and mentor people to medicine early, particularly those that may not have exposure or do not see themselves currently represented in medicine, and continue to support them along their journey.

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