Medicine, A Woman's Career
The practice of medicine can be very rewarding. Physicians are respected members of the community who can take pride in their ability to contribute to society by helping prevent illness and by treating people when they are sick. Opportunities in medicine are plentiful and there are many different directions a person can take with the same background training. Physicians usually enjoy a great degree of job security and earn a good living.
This guide is presented from a woman's perspective and is intended to help high school and college women who are interested in a career as a physician. Although every experience is unique, there are some shared aspects that we have tried to capture to aid interested women in proceeding in an informed way. We have attempted to answer questions you may have regarding medicine and show you the road that you need to take to be successful in achieving your goal.
- Women in Medicine: Then and Now
- Is Medicine the Career for Me?
- What Courses Should I Take?
- How Do I Choose a College?
- Allopathic and Osteopathic Schools
- What Are Medical Schools Looking For?
- Career Development: Choosing a Specialty
- Creating a Work - Life Balance Plan
- Negotiating A Flexible Work Arrangement With Your Employer
- Mentoring Tips: How to advance your career through mentoring
- Steps to Success: Obstetrics/Gynecology
AMWA and the AMWA Foundation wish to thank Dr. Bernice Cohen Sachs, AMWA Past President, for her generosity which made this special section of our web site possible.
Author: A special thank you to Farzanna Haffizulla, M.D., author of Harmony of the Spheres: Career, Family, and Community, for writing Creating a Work-Life Balance Plan and Negotiating A Flexible Work Arrangement With Your Employer.
Editors: Michele Bloch, M.D., Leah J. Dickstein, M.D., Roselyn Payne Epps, M.D., Roselyn D. Epps, M.D., Marie Glanz, Tameka Pyles, Lisa Schlitzhas, and Jane van Dis