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#WomenInMedicine Chat Oct 13
Astute ideas everybody, now it's time for Q3: Up to 1 in 4 female physicians will experience infertility, compared to 1 in 8 in the general population. What family planning advice would you give someone in healthcare who hopes to have children?
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#WomenInMedicine Chat Oct 13
Please feel free to keep introducing yourselves while we get started with Q1: Some people know they want children, while for others it's less clear. What are some factors that go into the decision of whether or not to have children?
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Ariela Marshall MD Oct 13
Replying to @womeninmedchat
A2. Speaking as someone who may not be able to have kids (despite IVF) - it is SO challenging as a woman to constantly hear “so when are you having kids?” “Theres more to life than work!” “Family is the most important thing!” - sorry but most men dont face this
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Nusheen Ameenuddin MD MPH MPA FAAP🧕🏽👩🏽‍⚕️ Oct 13
Replying to @womeninmedchat
A2: This may be unique to peds, but the biggest challenge for me is being asked by patients/parents/colleagues *why* I don’t have kids & the implication that I’m less good at the job I studied/trained 11 years to get as a result Literally written on perform evals
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Abby Spencer, MD, MS, FACP Oct 14
“Done is better than perfect.” Know when “good” is “good enough” by asking yourself, “What’s the marginal benefit of spending more time on this task or project?” If the answer is very little, stop where U R and be done with it. Boundaries!
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#WomenInMedicine Chat Oct 13
Very insightful responses everyone, thank you for sharing. Now it's time for Q2: What are some challenges faced by people in healthcare who do not have children, whether it is by choice or for any other reason?
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Petra Dolman, M.D.🇨🇦 Oct 13
Hi all! Petra here! Lover of all things family and emergency medicine, founder of chat and your facilitator for tonight’s chat on family planning with and . I am SO grateful you are all here on this for ❤️
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Annie Massart Oct 13
The weekly chats are one of my favorite parts of . So glad for tonight's chat and, in particular, to meet other women who are happily childfree. Sometimes it's easy to feel like the odd woman out in your 30s when many are busy having and raising kids.
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Nusheen Ameenuddin MD MPH MPA FAAP🧕🏽👩🏽‍⚕️ Oct 13
Got some legitimate reply rants off my chest this week, but will share that when I introduced myself to a colleague this week as “Nusheen” she actually stopped me & insisted I tell her how to properly pronounce “Dr. Ameenuddin” ❤️
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Ilana Krumm Oct 14
1,000 followers😱 How’d that happen? Thanks friends! Twitter can be a dark place, but it’s a powerful platform I’m grateful for the amazing & community. It creates a dialogue that breaks down the hierarchy in & give a voice to marginalized
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Valerie A. Fitzhugh, MD Oct 13
Good evening! Valerie Fitzhugh, a pathologist from New Jersey, USA, looking forward to this evening’s chat!
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Khanjan Shah, MD MPH 10h
First day in clinic. So far 100% of my patients have told me they are so happy to see a woman cardiologist. Yesterday, 100% of my cath lab patients told me they were happy to see a woman interventionalist. Refreshing!
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Ariela Marshall MD Oct 13
Replying to @womeninmedchat
A3. Close to my ♥️ 1️⃣ Start trying when able (support/$$) dont wait until “ready” 2️⃣ Get evaluation ASAP if not going well 3️⃣ Network with others going through infertility 4️⃣ Remember - side effects (IVF) are painful but temporary!
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StudentDoctorBear Oct 14
One of my fellow students is interested in surgery. So far almost every male surgeon she has spoken to about it says she should only do it if she doesn't want a family. 🤦‍♀️ Now she feels like maybe she shouldn't do surgery.
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Sarah Birkholzer Oct 14
Humbled after I was awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education with Distinction
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Hina Talib, MD Oct 13
Replying to @womeninmedchat
Physician women, like all women, underestimate age related fertility decline and overestimate ART therapies. My advice, if you are ready to start your family, just do it. My passion, is to make this process easier systemically for our who are trainees.
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Amy Oxentenko M.D. Oct 13
Replying to @womeninmedchat
A4. More support groups for that deal with infertility and pregnancy loss. Support for time off needed for infertility evaluations and treatments. More forums to discuss all of the important questions posed tonight!
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wannabedoc_mom Oct 13
Hello! I'm a (relatively-early-in-training) resident, (relatively) newly-married, excited for tonight's chat!
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Kelly Doran Oct 14
3: someday I want to be a mommy *and* an artist Me: you can be a mommy and an artist... 3: like you’re a mommy and a doctor!
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Drug Doc Monicaaaaahh! 😱 Oct 13
Replying to @womeninmedchat
A2 continues: I actually started sending pictures of my cat for the “back to school board” and noticed this year, others had also sent pics of their pets :)
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