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.
This year's essay prompt was: Write about hardships and/or difficult or challenging situations that you encountered during medical school, that made you question your career path or consider leaving medical school.