Show Us Your Data: Barriers to Advocacy for Physician Mothers in Crisis

Physician mothers are in crisis – but hospitals won’t disclose the information needed to address the problem.

If things were bad for physician women in 2018, when a BMJ study found “insidious, persistent and sometimes blatant” discrimination – from pay inequities to limited advancement opportunities to lack of support during and after pregnancy – the last two years have only exacerbated the issue. Disproportionately burdened by domestic responsibilities amid the pandemic, physician mothers and female doctors writ large are leaving the profession in droves.

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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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