2018 is looking to be the year of the woman. In the last few months there have been several groundbreaking movements that have propelled women into the spotlight. The #timesup and #metoo movements have recently harnessed the collective voice of women who have suffered in silence for too long, revealing the frequency of sexual harassment, systemic sexism and exposing the severity of this widespread issue.
When I started interviewing for my first job out of fellowship I was nervous. Although I was comfortable as a well rounded critical care expert, I wasn’t sure how to convey my new found power in a humble and sensible manner.
Roozehra Khan, DO, always gravitated toward critical care. As a critical care fellow at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, she developed skills in neurocritical care and point-of-care ultrasound while working in the neuro and trauma ICU. Today, Dr. Khan is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and an attending critical care physician in the neurosurgical ICU.
At the end of my critical care fellowship I was rotating at one of our outside facilities and a code blue was called overhead. I ran to it knowing the residents at this facility weren’t the strongest in their ACLS knowledge. When I arrived at the bedside there was a young female running the code like a champ.
It’s safe to say that we’ve come a long way from the days of AOL Instant Messaging and MySpace top 8. In less than a decade, the applications of social media have burgeoned as the technology has transformed from just a personal networking platform, to a valuable tool capable of connecting people to new ideas, greater information, and even better health.
Sheryl Sandberg and LeanIn.Org launched a campaign to encourage more girls to lead, #banbossy, for the 1 year publishing anniversary of her book Lean In. In her book she recalled a childhood experience of being called bossy, when in reality she viewed her playground behavior as early leadership qualities. At that time she was viewed negatively because nice little girls weren’t suppose to act that way.
Dear Female Doc,
I am a high school student interested in pursuing a career in medicine. When researching the profession, I have seen a lot of articles about the huge number of depressed and suicidal doctors, which has worried me a little bit. Do you think that these posts are over exaggerating, or are there really a ton of depressed doctors? If so, do you have any tips to avoid depression? Thank you!
Who do you picture walking through the exam room door at your new doctor’s office? Is it the Norman Rockwell depiction of an older, jolly looking male? After residency, I was alarmed at how many patients commented on my age and gender:
“How old are you, 12?” or, “Oh, you’re my doctor? A woman?”
This got me thinking about misconceptions people have about doctors, and I thought I could share a few things many people may not know about their favorite neighborhood doctor.
When I first began writing about the “doctor” title, I lead with my personal beliefs but as my research expanded I realized there were so many variables and so many experiences that have shaped other women’s views on being called “doctor.”