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AMWA Centennial Interview Series: Dr. McCormick

Written by: Amalia Lehmann

Her journey began when she was young, as she only ever wanted to become a physician.  When she graduated from medical school in 1987, Molly McCormick was one of a class of 100 aspiring physicians, half of whom were women.  Now, as a dedicated physician, her most meaningful moments, among a trove of memorable ones, are when patients reach out with notes or calls of thanks for their care.

Although she would do it all again to be a part of this career that she finds “satisfying on many levels,” she has also had her share of more trying and dissatisfying moments.  She recalls a harrowing experience when she had to emergently intubate a large young patient with an expanding neck mass, the time when an ER patient spit on her, and being left by herself as a student with a raging patient in a hallway while her chief resident ranted “Who are the animals?” as they walked away down the hallway.

Dr. McCormick believes that we are “on the cusp of many changes” and wishes she “could take a peak one hundred years from now to see how things have changed.”  She is “excited for the study and practice of medicine in the future.” To those aiming to join her ranks she gives the advice to “show up, do your job, and work from the heart.”


Cherilyn Cecchini

Cherilyn is proud to serve as the National AMWA Blog Coordinator this year. She is currently a fourth year medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Cherilyn recently served as co-president of her local Jefferson AMWA branch. In addition, she was chosen as National Secretary of the AMWA Student Division the year before last. She feels strongly about advancing women's health and is extremely thankful for both the networking and scholastic opportunities that AMWA continues to offer.

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