I wanted to provide a forum at Northwestern Medicine, an innovative leader in healthcare systems, to not only identify barriers women physicians face and initiate constructive solutions, but also to facilitate networks amongst women in medicine. I enlisted a passionate surgical colleague who serves as the deputy chair of the Gender Equality in Academic Global Health Working Group for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health: Dr. Mamta Swaroop, an associate professor of surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care. Together, we started on a journey that resulted in a meaningful friendship and partnership and a conference impacting over 200 women physicians in attendance.
About Shikha Jain, MD FACP
I am a practicing, board-certified hematology/oncology physician in Chicago. I speak on topics ranging from the impact of social media on healthcare, how physicians can utilize social media, how to write Op-eds in the medical world, gender equity and barriers to career advancement, and topics in GI oncology and immunotherapy. My goal is to explain complicated topics in simple terms. I also enjoy writing and you can find some of my writing on this site. I am a mother to three amazing kids and married to a gastroenterologist. I look forward to connecting with you.