Earlier this week I read How This Female Cardiac Surgeon Remains Cool As Ice in the OR, an interview of Dr. Kathy Magliato. The article examines the mindset of Dr. Magliato as she works in the operating room as head surgeon in a male dominated profession. The article states that “fewer than 5 percent of cardiac surgeons are women, despite the fact that nearly half of all medical-school graduates are female.” I find the statistic baffling. Dr. Magliato reflects on how far she came and how much harder she had to work than her male counterparts to get where she is today. She expresses frustration with seeing the people she trained with given the honor before her simply because they were male. She also recalls some of the discouraging treatment she received along the way, such as suggestions to go into plastic surgery instead because she looked like a Barbie doll. Dr. Magliato used the pressure and criticism to push herself harder and motivate herself to prove herself worthy. I hope that others find inspiration from this doctor’s experience because it is sad that today women are still being discouraged from pursuing advanced positions in the medical field along with many other male dominated fields. I think many people would be surprised that even today in the United States, women have to work a little bit harder than their male counterparts to get to the same place.

 

Image: http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2015/03/10-secrets-success-female-surgeon.html

Article: http://www.elle.com/life-love/interviews/a36253/how-this-female-cardiac-surgeon-remains-cool-as-ice-in-the-or/?src=ign_ai&mg=elm&dom=fb

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