So much peer reviewed literature on mothers... have a free to be happy day!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Update for May 2013: The number of articles in PubMed with "mother" in the title?
A quick search reveals 12,925. (If you include "mother" in full text
we're up to 154,295). And yet we are more than a given quantity of peer reviewed articles. And at times we transcend the evidence.
Whether you have 1 mom or you have 2 moms or you have anyone you refer to as mom, then make sure to give her a hug, a call, a text, some FaceTime or Skype... Give a reminder that this week also kicks off Women's Health Week
. Maybe give her a present. And some of you will perhaps visit her grave and live on to exemplify the principles she'd always modeled, and she is remembered, today and every day.
And we say thank you, with love.
Some of us, or some of our parents, were raised on Free to Be You and Me
so we know that "mommies are people, people with children" who can be doctors and almost anything they want to be. Are you who you want to be?
Further points to consider on gender, parenting, and the physician workforce:
- The percentage of women entering medical school has declined since its peak in 2003.
- The AAP has a policy highlighting a commitment to preventing sexual harassment in the workplace and educational setting.
- The AMA opposes gender-based questioning during residency interviews for the purpose of sexual discrimination.
- The AMA opposes requiring residents to repeat a year of training upon returning from leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
- For more, see the Women Physicians Congress: Policy Compendium (see H-420.961 and 420.966 and 420.967 and 420.987 and 420.996 and more)
- Does your residency program sponsor parental leave with --or without-- pay? Are there childcare facilities onsite at your workplace and/or other support for women and men to raise children?
We thank the many female physicians (some are also mothers) and the many male physicians (some are also fathers
) who came before us, paving the way for these and other rights. So that we are free to be all we want to be. Even -- especially -- if that means we grow up to be people with children who are also people providing healthcare for other people's children.
About the Expert
Terry Kind, MD, MPH, is Director of Pediatric Medical Student Education at Children's National Health System. For the last decade she has also served as a primary care pediatrician at the Children's National Health Center at Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, in Washington, DC.