The American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) uses the services of the Medical Student Press to publish honorably mentioned submissions to the Linda Brodsky Essay Award.
Dr. Linda Brodsky was a pediatric otolaryngologist in Buffalo, NY and a lifetime member of AMWA. She had been a role model and mentor to many physicians throughout her career. In 2000, she became an activist for fair treatment of women physicians, after winning a lawsuit against her university and local hospital for pay discrimination. Through her business, WomenMDResources, she helped women physicians “get the jobs they want, the pay they deserve, and not become prisoners of their careers.” She was co-chair of the AMWA Gender Equity Task Force with Dr. Gebhard in 2013, but passed away in February of 2014 after sustained a subdural hematoma from a fall.
As AMWA members, we recognize and celebrate the diversity of our membership. It is our differences that enable us to spark change and provide better care for our patient populations. Unfortunately, many of us have personally experienced or witnessed actions or remarks that have worked to make us feel excluded from the medical community. Please share an experience you have had or witnessed in which a racist, sexist, homophobic, or otherwise offensive comment was made. How did it make you feel? How did you and others who witness it respond? How can we make a stronger medical community to help counteract micro-aggressions?