The Lily: Women doctors earn $2 million less than men in their careers. They want to know: ‘Why is nothing being done?’

Shikha Jain, a practicing hematologist and oncologist, said that when she was interviewing for jobs earlier in her career, a male interviewer asked her if she was married. When she replied that she was, she said, he followed up with, “Does your husband work?”

“I said, ‘Yes, he’s a physician,’ and his response was, ‘Well then, it doesn’t really matter how much money you make, because you have a husband who is bringing home money as well,’” said Jain, who is also an assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology at the University of Illinois Cancer Center in Chicago.”

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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.

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