LMSA/ AMWA women’s panel meeting

On February 6, 2013, in Organization News, by AMWA (Female Physicians)

On January 24th, 2013, LMSA and AMWA jointly held  a women’s panel discussion.  We asked our guests to discuss their experiences as women in the medical field– particularly addressing working in undeserved communities.
All LMSA eboard members present
All AMWA eboard members present
Guests:  Dr. Lardner, Dr. Quinn, Dr Rivera-Martinez and Dr. Caba
Meeting Start time: 12:10pm
Each of our four panel members had a unique way of approaching this topic.
Dr. Lardner specifically addressed her thoughts on Women entering a formerly “old boys club” field.  She discussed some of the difficulties that women are still experiencing in this field, and expressed that we still have ground to be gained in this area.  She also referenced her work in global health, and acknowledged that even though she would like to see even more acceptance of women in medicine, we still have a much easier path than women in many other countries.
Dr. Quinn addressed her role as a mother and a doctor.  She expressed the difficulties many women feel when it comes to starting a family early in their careers.  She also discussed her feelings of the importance of taking time for yourselves– even if it feel like you don’t have time to enjoy down time, it is still important to make it a priority.  She also spoke of her experiences working in a working class neighborhood in New York, and of the unique bond that she shares with her patients.
Dr. Rivera-Martinez spoke about the political implications of the new health care system and what it means for us as health care professionals as well as our patients.  She also spoke to us about her choice to enter a career in medicine as a second career.
Dr. Caba expressed the appreciation she feels toward her patients for giving her the opportunity to be apart of their lives.  She reminded us how much trust patients give us when they choose to share so much about themselves with us as their physicians.
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