Alyson McGregor gives a wonderful TED talk on why medicine often has dangerous side effects for women. Her talk centers around the fact that most medical research is done exclusively on men. Key points:Read More
Now don’t get me wrong, becoming a doctor is no small feat. You have to go through four grueling years of medical school followed by an internship and years of residency. Not to mention the literal costs involved, including the hundreds of thousands of dollars to go to med school and the opportunity costs involved. You don’t do any of this because you don’t care about people. And yet.Read More
I've been surprised since starting this blog how much support I've gotten from doctors. I've received private messages from doctors I've never met telling me that they see medical sexism as a problem and that it's great I'm shining a spotlight on it. I *never* thought that would happen.
That isn't to say, however, that I haven't gotten any pushback.Read More
When you’re dealing with a chronic illness, there are a lot of things non-sick people say that annoy you. Things such as, “Aren’t you better yet?” Of course not. This is a chronic illness, not a you-have-it-for-a-week-and-then-it’s-over-with illness. You don’t say that, though. You smile and say, “unfortunately not.” Or friends and family might make a comment about how you’ve taken a lot of time off work lately, as if it was your life plan to become disabled. Or they might mention that you don’t go out much anymore…because clearly you prefer to stay in laid up in bed.Read More
It's an obvious point, but one that patients might not automatically think about: sexism is not only directed at patients but at female doctors as well. I have a number of friends who are female doctors and they all have stories to share. And now there's a place for them to do so!Read More