Connections & Resources Top Priorities for Female Physicians

 

The American Association of Medical Schools reports that, for the first time, more women are enrolled in medical school than men. Females represented 50.7% of the 21,338 new enrollees in 2017, compared with 49.8% in 2016.

Female physicians are fighting for equal pay, respectful treatment, and greater flexibility and backing for family responsibilities. While support for women in medicine has grown, there is still a long way to go. Several veteran OSMA members have stepped forward to provide guidance for those who may be struggling. 

"Always be firm and professional. Don't allow yourself to be run over,” says OSMA President Dr. Evangeline Andarsio, MD. Andarsio credits “Lifelong friendships with other women in medicine that were developed in medical school, as well as fantastic mentors—both male and female,” for having a significant impact on her success as a physician. 

OSMA Council member Dr. Elizabeth Muennich, MD, PhD, says having a sense of adventure and a sense of humor has helped her throughout her career. "Realize that it is impossible to do it all yourself. You need to get connected to both people and resources,” she said. “The connections and resources the OSMA has provided throughout my career have been incredibly valuable. Get connected early and connect often."

On Sept. 21, OSMA Council Immediate Past President, Dr. Robyn Chatman, MD, MPH, FAAFP, and OSMA Senior Director of Government Affairs, Monica Hueckel, participated in an advocacy-focused panel at the Cleveland Clinic’s 2018 Women in Healthcare Forum. The OSMA is committed to making the most of opportunities like these and building community and mentor relationships for female physicians.