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AMWA Member Spotlight — Archana Reddy Shrestha

Archana Reddy Shrestha

Archana Reddy Shrestha
Emergency Medicine

Tell Us About Your Work

In addition to working as an emergency medicine attending in the Chicago suburbs, I’m also the CoFounder of the Women in White Coats blog, a blog dedicated to uplifting and empowering women doctors throughout their personal and professional lives.

What Helped Get You There

I’m also a co-author of the best-selling book, The Chronicles of Women in White Coats. After publishing our book we realized that there were so many other women doctors who wanted to share their stories and that Women in White Coats was more than a book, it was the beginning of a movement. We decided to start the Women in White Coats blog to allow more women doctors stories to be shared because we believe that as our narratives come to light the disparities and inequities such as gender pay disparity and discrimination will start to improve.

Have there been any interests that you have continued to pursue outside of medicine? Have you been able to combine these with your medical career?

I have always loved writing and actually hold a Masters in Journalism which I earned before going to medical school. Co-authoring the book and now also publishing a blog has been a great way to get back into writing and also to learn about publishing and blogging.

I do also enjoy singing and music and for a few years was able to find the time to be in local band.

What Advice Do You Have for Women in Medicine

Don’t try to be a superwoman. You can do anything, but you can’t do everything all by yourself. Surround yourself with supportive people and don’t be afraid to ask for help. You don’t have to do it all alone.

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