Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Scholar, Centre for Health Education Scholarship
As a woman in medicine, I am inspired by the ongoing changes I have witnessed to the culture of medicine that ensure women are able to excel in their role as physicians, educators and leaders, while balancing the various other roles they have in their lives. These changes have allowed both patients and learners to benefit from the increased diversity of experiences that are reflected in clinical and teaching practices. I am also inspired by the support and mentoring I have received from so many people at various stages of medical training and practice. Their support has helped me to troubleshoot challenges and explore opportunities, and I hope that I can pay this forward by doing the same for others.
Being a physician can be so rewarding as you connect and care for patients, but there are clearly days that will be tough. Know that if you do pursue a career in medicine, there are many strong and passionate people that are more than willing to support, guide and empower you, especially when you face challenges. In addition, there are many different aspects to the physician role for you to explore as your career progresses, roles which will benefit from your own unique skills and perspectives as a woman.