Across the country residents have been creating, running, and participating in CIR Women in Medicine events, working together to build programming designed to help combat the startling statistics on wage gaps between male and female physicians and continued trends of sexual harassment of female doctors. More than that, CIR’s Women in Medicine programming aims to empower women in their hospitals and foster relationships between colleagues across departments, hospitals, and regions.
On August 23, California residents held the second Women in Medicine Retreat in Los Angeles. Now an annual event, the conference attracted residents from across the state to meet and share stories and hear from a number of speakers, including Dr. Jan Shoenberger, Emergency Medicine Program Director at LAC+USC Medical Center; Dr. Tonia Jones, Patient Safety Officer at LAC+USC Medical Center; and Barbara Garcia, MPA Director of Health for the City & County of San Francisco, as well as a number of individual workshop speakers.
“It was great to be in a room full of fellow women who have put so in so much time and effort to get where we are,” said Dr. Ana Liang, who attended the conference will several other residents from Children’s Hospital Oakland. “I’ve definitely come away from the conference with a reaffirmed attitude about being more direct and not being afraid to bring up topics that may be uncomfortable. I will be chief resident in the upcoming academic year and I definitely want to be able to advise fellow residents who may experience any scenario like this.”
Residents in attendance began the day by attending a panel discussion on Becoming a Leader in Your Hospital and in the Healthcare Field, followed by a presentation on post-residency contract negotiation. After lunch, during which attendees were able to mingle with one another poolside, they broke up into workshops: Advocating for Women’s Health, How to Start a Private Practice, Financial and Estate Planning, Women in Executive Roles, and Working With Social Service Organizations in Your Community.
“It is a great way to get to know other residents in CIR from around the country,” said Dr. Liang. “It was great to be in a room full of fellow women who have put so much time and effort to get where we are.”