Categories:  'Gender Inequality'  

Bro Culture and Microaggressions Against Women in the Medical Field

"The medical profession is rife with daily indignities and structural bias against women. Because every woman who becomes a doctor has to go through training [...]

“The medical profession is rife with daily indignities and structural bias against women. Because every woman who becomes a doctor has to go through training that’s still rife with sexism, this is a serious problem for the entire profession.

While sexist banter during surgery may seem mostly harmless, the extent and frequency of it, and the aggression towards women it communicates, is a real problem. There are also insidious, subtle signals that female physicians contend with daily. My young female colleagues and I are constantly mistaken for nurses by patients and visitors, only because we’re women. We are referred to as “girls” by patients and medical colleagues alike, while our male counterparts are “young men” or just “men.” the most disheartening sexist assumptions are the ones I make, though – I find myself unthinkingly asking patients, “Who is your primary care doctor, and do you have his phone number?” Even as a physician myself, I have somehow internalized the idea that the profession still belongs to men.”

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Publication Date: 21/10/2016
Source: Time
Author: Mandy Oaklander
Publication Date: 26/04/2017
Source: The Medical Bag
Author: Joel Cooper, DO
Publication Date: 04/10/2016
Source: The Washington Post
Author: Allyson Herbst