In Australia and elsewhere, more than half of commencing medical students are women. Generational change has both ushered in more opportunities for women to excel, and highlighted the work still needed to combat persistent stereotypes, unconscious bias, under-representation in leadership roles, and the gender pay gap.
Dr Nardine Elzahaby (M.Psych 2018), Associate Professor Elif Ekinci (MBBS 2000, PhD 2011), Associate Professor Margie Danchin (MBBS 1995, PhD 2006) and Dr Deepthi Iyer (PhD 2020)
On Tuesday 3 March, Melbourne Medical School held a speed networking breakfast event, #IAmYourDoctor, for all first-year medical students. Five Melbourne Medical School clinician scientists and alumni spoke of the challenges they have faced and the resources they have drawn on to meet them, and what it means to strive for gender equity in medicine.
The message was clear from host Associate Professor Margie Danchin (MBBS 1995, PhD 2006): “Health equity is not possible without gender equity”. She highlighted that the path can sometimes seem long with no end in sight but encouraged students to explore the opportunities that come their way.
The event also included outstanding speakers and role models Associate Professor Elif Ekinci (MBBS 2000, PhD 2011), GP Dr Deepthi Iyer (PhD 2020) and AMA Junior Doctor of the Year Dr Nardine Elzahaby (M.Psych 2018).
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