As more and more women choose to tell their stories, hold their abusers accountable, and fight for justice, a poignant hashtag has taken Twitter by storm. #MeToo has empowered women (and men) from all walks of life to share their personal and moving stories about their experiences with sexual harassment and abuse.
It likely comes as no surprise to most clinicians that the medical field is not exempt or removed from the verbal harassment, sexual misconduct, and sexual abuse that occurs against women across all professions.
Inspired by #MeToo, a new hashtag has emerged — #MeTooMedicine.
Was a med student in small community hospital. Orthopedic attending wondering outloud in OR whether I’m sexually experienced #MeTooMedicine— Rommaan S. Ahmad, DO (@RAhmadDO) November 5, 2017
I was assaulted in residency by a physician that had assaulted a physician before me & after me.— Claudia William, MD (@DrCSWilliam) November 8, 2017
Each victim pursued legal action & reported to the program. Was considered hearsay by program.
2 assaults could have possibly been prevented.#MeTooMedicine
Despite widespread harassment faced by #WomenInMedicine , I am hopeful that #MeTooMedicine movement is the first step towards a larger cultural change by acknowledging & addressing the problem #ZeroTolerance #WeWillSpeak #ILookLikeASurgeon #HeForShe— Apoorve (@apoorvenayyar) November 20, 2017
#MeTooMedicine is more than about physical assault: sexist comments, creating hostile environment, obstruct career adv, stealing data, etc— Hina Chaudhry, MD (@Hinaheartdoc) November 19, 2017