We’re Running Up the Wrong Side of the Escalator: Medpage Today

It’s Not a Women’s Problem – It’s a Systemic One

For years, I wondered if the professional challenges I faced were due to my own shortcomings, and I spent a lot of time and energy working to improve myself. It wasn’t until I started talking to other women in medicine that I realized these barriers were not unique to me, and many were not obstacles I could overcome alone.

The obstacles facing women are structural and systemic in nature. They infect everything from the set up of our tenure and promotion committees, to compensation decisions and valuation of services and contributions, to the system as a whole, to the processes (or lack thereof) by which healthcare professionals are sponsored (nearly 40% of our industry’s panels are comprised entirely of men).

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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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