From Dr. Roberta Gerhard, AMWA Immediate Past President 2020-2021:
It’s hard to believe that this is the seventh edition of the Linda Brodsky Memorial Journal and that Dr. Brodsky has been gone for six years now. The AMWA Gender Equity Task Force carries on in her memory and works tirelessly in her honor, towards a fair and equitable workplace for everyone in healthcare.
I would like to thank the medical students who have submitted their essays about racism, sexism and/or homophobia. I would especially like to congratulate Alyssa Brown from the University of Louisville School of Medicine on her first place essay “The Unwritten Rules of Women in Medicine “. She describes how women in medicine are judged by different set of standards than men made a call for “dismantling the thought that there are an extra set of rules for women in medicine “. Alyssa has been an active AMWA student member and we appreciate her leadership.
So let’s power on towards Dr. Brodsky‘s goal of gender equity in medicine and ask ourselves “How can we make a stronger medical community to help counteract micro aggressions?“
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?