OSMA is proud of the strides made by women in medicine and proud to represent more than thousands of female members.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we asked past OSMA President Dr. Lisa Egbert a few questions about what being a woman physician means to her:
A: My mom was a nurse, When I was young I told her I wanted to be a nurse too, but she responded, “no you want to be a doctor.” From my earliest memories on I was determined to be a doctor.
A: Taking care of my patients in the office, in the OR, and in the delivery room and knowing that I’m improving the lives of others. That’s the reason I do what I do every day.
A: Work-life balance and being a mom and a doctor was the toughest challenge I faced in my career. Also, navigating being “the boss” and female is also challenging, especially for younger women physicians.
A: Don't be afraid to go for your dream, and don't let someone talk you into doing something else if your dream is to be a doctor. We need good doctors; we need strong leaders at the head of the health care team. Medicine is a calling, not just a career, and you can make it work for you and still find a way to have everything else in life that you want too.
Q: What are the benefits of OSMA membership for women physicians?
A: For me, finding a network of female colleagues with the same drive to advocate for the future of medicine was an immense benefit. These mentors and colleagues helped me to navigate so many of the challenges of being a woman physician.
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