Gender equity, as defined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, means “fairness of treatment for men and women according to their respective needs. This may include equal treatment or treatment that is different but which is considered equivalent in terms of rights, benefits, obligations, and opportunities.” This is a complex, multi-layered issue enveloped in subtleties and microaggressions, and the field of medicine is not exempt.
In this episode of Inside The Doctor’s Lounge, Dr Shikha Jain joins the team for our discussion on gender equity in medicine. Dr Jain, a board-certified hematology and oncology physician and assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Cell Therapy at the University of Illinois Cancer Center in Chicago, speaks frequently on this topic. Founder and the Chair of the Women In Medicine Summit, she delivered a TEDx Talk in 2019 on the gender moonshot and the importance of gender parity in healthcare.
Take a break, grab a cup of coffee and join us as we discuss gender equity in medicine and the evolution of empowerment!
Digital Devices are no longer an option. Our lives are very much plugged in and revolve around our ability to be accessible “online”. And without doubt, they have had an enormous impact on our efficiency and effectiveness. However, for all their usefulness, it seems we are hard pressed to sit down to have a conversation with another person without being compelled to check our phones every two minutes. Does this reliance on technology, also mean we are losing the ability to effectively communicate with each other in person? This is the focus of this conversation Inside The Doctor’s Lounge. Grab a cup of coffee and join us in the conversation!
The hashtag #MedBikini quickly trended on social media in the summer of 2020 after the Journal of Vascular Surgery posted in its August edition the article titled “Prevalence of unprofessional social media content among young vascular surgeons.” It evaluated the accounts of 480 young vascular surgeons to see if their social media posts could be labeled as blatantly unprofessional or potentially unprofessional to a future patient searching for a doctor.
The article specifically mentioned photos that included “provocative posing in bikinis/swimwear” and “holding/consuming alcohol.” Many medical professionals argued that the contents targeted women and highlighted the sexism problem in the medical field. In a show of solidarity and protest, medical professionals across the world posted pictures of themselves in swimwear. Due to the backlash, the journal issued apologies and retracted the article.
Without question, this topic was discussed in many doctor’s lounges across the globe, including this one. Grab a cup of coffee and join us as we explore thoughts, opinions and concerns about this hot topic!
Many doctors who leave traditional clinical medicine for other healthcare jobs do so in their 30s or 40s, and often because they’re disenchanted with the reality of practicing medicine. Why is this? With substantial investment of time, energy and expense to establish themselves in practice, what could prompt such a decision? And how can they optimally pivot in a new direction? The MD Coaches team takes a closer look at this phenomenon during this discussion on Inside The Doctor’s Lounge hosted by Executive Physician Coach Dr Desmond Bell. Always seeking to learn, we’re interested in your thoughts. Let us know what you think.