International Women's Day: Recognizing Female Physicians

In light of International Women’s Day, we are presented with the opportunity to celebrate the incredible women who have shaped history and who continue to inspire us with their lives today. As an aspiring medical professional, I have come to find a lot of incredible women MD’s and DO’s who post amazing content about their journeys within the field. 

 

  1. Dr. Joyce, @teawithmd

Dr. Joyce is a Stanford MD who was trained at NYU to be a Board Certified Dermatologist. Check out her awesome site here: https://www.instagram.com/teawithmd/ ! She has amazing articles regarding skin care and lifestyle as an MD.

" Being a woman in medicine is incredibly rewarding, though it comes with a host of challenges. From having my training and authority questioned due to my gender, appearance, and age to being exposed to racist and sexist comments in professional settings from patients, staff, colleagues, and my superiors, I have always pushed through. I made excuses for everything and everyone because becoming a physician has been my life long goal, and I didn’t want to be distracted from that. But why do we have to take all of that in, so that we can get to where we want to go? We cannot keep silent any longer. . Time’s up in healthcare, and I’m so thankful to @timesuphc and @wearfigs for speaking up and acknowledging that this is a huge problem that needs to be addressed. It’s our time to fight for equal treatment, equal pay, and equal respect for our #womeninmedicine. And because people still don’t believe women in healthcare face challenges unique to our gender, I invite you to share an experience below. I’ll start in the comments section. You are not alone. #strongertogether"

- Dr. Joyce 

2. Dr. Cassondra Majestic, @dr.majestic_md

 

Dr. Majestic is an MD who is currently in Emergency Medicine, practicing in a hospital in Southern California. Dr. Majestic also has an incredible site as well: http://drmajestic.com where she writes primarily about health, lifestyle, and medicine.

"I grew up knowing I wanted to be a doctor. What I didn’t know, was that I would have the privilege of also being an influencer.  Medicine is tough. It’s tricky. It requires thick skin. There are guidelines, rules, and perceptions.  Lifestyle balance, health and wellness was missing in my education. And social media fell no where on the spectrum in medicine.  I found a way to combine them both. Dream your dreams, make them happen. Reward yourself, admit that you love life outside of your job.  Be a leader, charge forward, believe that you deserve respect. Do new things, pave the way, and BE AUTHENTIC.  I like to push the boundaries of transparency, be truthful about the things that no one else wants to be truthful about. Educate. Admit my fears and worries, and share my honest experiences in my training and profession, that make me who I am today.  And you know what? I’ve watched countless women around me do the same." 

-Dr. Majestic 

3. Dr. Audrey Sue, @dr.audreyxsue

Dr. Audrey Sue is an Internal Medicine physician who is active in inspiring young women who hope to pursue medicine in the future. On top of that, she is a Wellness Advisor for Popsugar and Samsung Mobile!

"A Hospitalist is a physician whose primary professional focus is to take care of acutely ill patients in the hospital setting. It’s a demanding, but incredibly fulfilling job. We typically work 12-hour shifts for 7 days in a row, then have 7 days off. Our patient panels vary but I usually manage 16 patients each day! We treat life-threatening diseases, coordinate care with specialists, and form professional relationships with patients and their families. Because we are trained in internal medicine (or family medicine), Hospitalists treat a wide range of diseases from head to toe (literally!). It’s a tough job with a lot of responsibilities. I’m busy from the moment I walk into the hospital til the second I walk out. But I’m blessed, thankful, and proud to do what I do. Sending lots of love from the inpatient ward!😘👩🏻‍⚕️"

-Dr. Audrey Sue 

4. Dr. Aaliya Yaqub, @clearskindoc

Dr. Aaliya Yaqub is another Stanford graduated MD who is a dermatologist. She is a not only a mother of three but also a startup founder and advisor!  

 

"It’s our day ladies. LET’S CELEBRATE big by recognizing the amazing women in our lives! Let’s celebrate the ROLE MODELS. The trailblazers. The supporters. The giants whose shoulders we’ve stood on. The girls that look up to us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I celebrate my mom and the generations of strong women that came before her. I celebrate my daughters and the amazing things they will accomplish. And I celebrate you because you’re downright incredible. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As long as we all continue to support one another, call out injustice and inequality where we see it and stay strong—- we will be UNSTOPPABLE. I’m pretty stoked about the future of the world ladies! 🌎"

-Dr. Aaliya Yaqub

 

 

 

There are hundreds of inspiring women on Instagram who you should follow for advice and inspiration within your field of interest. Ending with a Rupi Kaur quote:

“we all move forward when

we recognize how resilient

and striking the women

around us are”

 

-Rupi Kaur