Although the saying goes, “Inspiration often strikes when you’re least expecting it,” I tend to find inspiration in lots of places. I’m inspired by the strength of my patients, tolerating procedures that are no doubt painful and unfamiliar. My children inspire me with their insightful questions on the ways of a world they’re just figuring out, and I was inspired after reading the recent ACEP Now article “Emergency Medicine Workforce Needs More Women Physicians” by Kathleen Clem, MD, FACEP.
In the article, Dr. Clem, professor and chair of the department of emergency medicine at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California, spelled out a call to action surrounding the careers of women in emergency medicine. She reminded everyone that supporting women in emergency medicine isn’t just a “gender equity” issue but a patient care and physician workforce issue. For much of the article, she described recommendations that could improve the recruitment, retention, and support of women in emergency medicine.