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Discussing Burnout — Doctor Neha in the Hot Seat

The following content has been reposted with the permission of Dr. Neha Sangwan. It was originally published on her website, here.

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Kim: Dr. Neha Sangwan is an internal medicine physician who drove herself to burnout and thus became something of an evangelist for dealing with stress. She’s the CEO and the founder of Intuitive Intelligence—that’s the name of the company, rather than the trait itself—and an international speaker who teaches people to read their own body signals and to communicate. Dr. Sangwan is here to speak at the World Women 2017 Conference in Auckland [New Zealand]. Good morning!

Mom, MD-to-Be: A Female Perspective on Having Kids as a Med Student or Resident – Part 2

A New York Times article was recently published with the title, “Being a Doctor is Hard. It’s Harder for Women.” Many people can probably speculate why this might be the case. Women who choose to have children often carry the bulk of the childcare responsibilities and have pressures, fears, and difficulties that men don’t have to face. In part 2 of this interview, we will hear again from a prominent physician-scientist about her fears, regrets, hopes for the future, and advice for women working on balancing family and career. 

Mom, MD-to-Be: A Female Perspective on Having Kids as a Med Student or Resident – Part 1

The AAMC recently reported that women now outnumber men in medical school enrollment. This represents a huge dynamic shift from a time when almost no women choose to pursue this career. So why the change? Are less women opting to have children and start families? Probably not. More likely, women are finding ways to balance both their kids and their careers. But how they do this is an important question that is often not addressed. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to interview a remarkable woman who balances a successful career in science, medicine, and teaching while raising three children with her husband. In part 1 of this interview, we will learn about this physician’s personal experiences starting a family and balancing her career. Read on to learn some words of wisdom from a superwoman herself!

(MedEd)itorial: Women in Medicine

This is without a doubt an exciting time for women in medicine. There have never been more women applying and being accepted to med school, and pursuing residency. A mere fifty-some years ago, women made up only 9% of medical school applicants and only 6.7% went on to graduate. In today’s world, women represent nearly half of all med school hopefuls, at 43.6%, and have a higher chance of graduating than their male counterparts. We should be celebrating, right?

On Being a Caribbean Medical Student: An Evolution From Embarrassment to Pride

I distinctly remember sitting in one of my undergrad pre-med classes joking to a friend of mine after getting a below average MCAT score that, “I guess I’m gonna end up at a Caribbean medical school.”

About 10 years later, after finishing Medical School at Saint George's University, I sit here laughing at the person I was.

The truth is, Caribbean Medical School was really an abstract concept at that point. I wouldn’t have been able to even tell you what the top 3 schools were—or even how their programs were even structured.  At that point in my life, I was always an honors student.  I graduated with over a 4.0 in high school, went on to earn mostly A’s in undergrad (except for those 3 C’s and one D in some of my chemistry courses), graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with so much volunteer, work and well rounded life experience under my belt.  Despite my 23 on the MCAT (whew, that was liberating), I had this faith that as long as I got a few interviews, I could easily win over an admissions committee and show them why I would make an excellent addition to their program.  My Ohio State pre-med advisor thought otherwise. When she told me I shouldn’t even apply because I wouldn’t get in, I thought she was being callous and pessimistic.  Well, I guess she was right, because when it came time to apply, I didn’t get a single interview. Not even one.

Conversations with Women in Medicine—A New Episode from the My First Cadaver Podcast
My First Cadaver has rounded out 2015 with a topic that's been getting increasing attention over these past couple of weeks: women in medicine. 

In this episode—also known as "My First Darling-Honey-Sweetheart"—the focus is not only on the obstacles female physicians encounter, but also on how to deal with the problems (as opposed to just griping about them).

Some of the problems are what you'd expect: sexual harassment, preferential treatment, trying to find one's voice. But other problems (and the insights the guest doctors provide into them) are a little more surprising.

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