Every week on Twitter, women in medicine gather to share their experiences, celebrate successes, and discuss ways to lift each other up. The conversations are started by questions shared by WomenInMedicineChat. Below are some recent questions and answers from participants.
A1 - with patients educate. “sir, that comment is inappropriate, don’t do it again” and move on. It works well every time I’ve done it. Avoids saying pt themself is inappropriate. I also do not use “sorry” to start or end, because I am not. #WomenInMedicineChat https://t.co/wLxrDQFtet— Pixie Sanders, DO (@ParivashSanders) September 3, 2018
#womeninmedicine In a few situations, I can use my acerbic wit to my advantage. __ An older male nurse in the ED (who I barely know) addressed me in the open nursing station as sweetheart. I looked around & said “oh does my husband work here?” 1/2— Vanessa L ____ (@vee_elle28) September 3, 2018
If the misogynist is a colleague, hopefully you can pull them aside and talk to them. If the misogynist is an influencer on SM, drag them with facts. If it’s some rando, just block and move on, life is short. #WomenInMedicine— Jason C. Levine (@jasonclevine) September 3, 2018
A1:— Narjust Duma M.D. (@NarjustDuma) September 3, 2018
When I was an intern, I used to cry.
Then, as a PGY3, I started ignoring them
Now, in person - I explore their minds
What do you mean by that?
What are u trying to say?
SM: mostly ignore and BLOCK! #WomenInMedicine
I have been called,— Narjust Duma M.D. (@NarjustDuma) September 2, 2018
It used to bother me.
Now, I am very comfortable on my own skin.
You can call me whatever you want, that won't change my goals.
It won't stop me! #SundayThoughts #WomeninMedicine
A2. This question answers Q1 also. When I cannot review an article, I suggest alternate reviewers and always include #WomenInMedicine on my list. Since this article showed women turn down requests to review more frequently, a longer list of women potential reviewers is needed— Allison Larson, MD (@AllisonLarsonMD) September 10, 2018
Super insightful answers everybody. Now its time for Q3: Knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently in your path to #medicine? Please explain. #WomenInMedicine pic.twitter.com/Ps6qhYZ6ct— #WomenInMedicine Chat (@womeninmedchat) September 3, 2018
A3: I wouldn’t change any of my decisions..but I think I would worry less along the way. I also would ignore a very well known researcher in the Vail workshop who told me that I’d never been successful in oncology research if I didn’t work in a lab. #womeninmedicine— Erika Hamilton, MD (@ErikaHamilton9) September 3, 2018
Throughout fellowship, I am reminding myself that my (future) career doesn't have to fit anyone else's preconceived notions of success. And that it's completely possible (and sometimes necessary) to carve out a new path! #WomenInMedicine— Jennifer Yui, MD (@JenniferYuiMD) September 3, 2018
A3: it’s taken me 2 years to prioritize family and friends outside med. you can always learn more facts, get higher marks and study more. You can’t place a value on time with friends and family (currently typing this at home after taking 3 days off to fly home) #WomenInMedicine— Steph Boehm (@boehm_steph) September 3, 2018