As a female emergency physician, I read “A Call to Action: More female physicians need to join the emergency medicine workforce” with great interest. I agree with Dr. Clem that more female emergency medicine physicians are needed. There is a marked gender disparity in emergency medicine. I have long promoted EM as the one specialty tailor-made for women. The flexibility of shift work and lack of call give women the opportunity to be a nurturing mom and a medical professional. Women can choose shifts that allow them to fully participate in their children’s lives and also fulfill their professional aspirations.
I especially see a great gender disparity in major leadership positions in EM. First and foremost, women need to want to participate in hospital and national organizations. Once a woman shows interest in leadership positions, she should be given support to aspire to those roles. Dr. Clem provided a lengthy list of Women in Medicine organizations, but she failed to mention the ACOEP Council for Women in Emergency Medicine. The ACOEP Council for Women in Emergency Medicine serves as a network to support and encourage women in all facets of emergency medicine, including moms and high-level administrators.
Christina F. Giesa, DO, FACEP, FACOEP-d, ACOEP president-elect