President-Elect (Roberta Gebhard D.O.) and Executive Director (Eliza Chin M.D.) with founder of the #MeToo Movement, Tarana Burke at the WOMEN RULE Summit in Washington D.C. December 5, 2017.


The #MeToo campaign was created as a movement against sexual assault and sexual harassment. Tarana Burke is a social activist and the founder of the #MeToo movement. She began using this phrase as early as 2006. In October of 2017, the campaign went viral as actress Alyssa Milano urged those affected by sexual harassment to Tweet about it. From there it spread to a phenomenon as millions simply posted #metoo on social media websites as a demonstration of the volume of women affected by sexual harassment.

Women worldwide are affected by sexual harassment in their everyday lives. The medical field is not an exception to this issue. #MeTooMedicine came about shortly after the #MeToo campaign went viral and is a testament to the difficulties that women face in the medical field. For so many years this phenomenon was not talked about. The #MeTooMedicine campaign sheds light on this issue and brings attention to the population of women that have so long stayed quiet.

This webpage offers resources to learn about the prevalence of sexual harassment in medicine and resources that can be used to help women that find themselves in this situation.

NASEM Report- Sexual Harassment of Women Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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Doc-to-Doc: #MeToo in Medicine (video)

Me Too is a Movement, Not a Moment-Tarana Burke 

Moving Medicine By American Medical Association (Podcast)

  • Episode 10: #MeToo in the medical field, part 1: Dr. Reshma Jagsi on harassment
  • Episode 11:  #MeToo in the medical field, part 2: Dr. Tiffani Bell & David Gabor on consequences

#MeToo In Medicine by White Coat Black Art

If you are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, you are not alone. RAINN is the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the nation and can link you with the help that you need.