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Empowering Women in a Daunting Field Is Not Easy, But It's Possible

Commitment is key

September is Women in Medicine Month, which celebrates the achievements of female medical professionals. It also recognizes ongoing gender disparities in the field and highlights ways to continue to advance women in the medical professions.   

One group that focused on these challenges year-round is Women in Anesthesiology, Inc. (WIA), a physician organization committed to the professional and personal development of women anesthesiologists. It was founded by Rekha Chandrabose, M.D., an assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). She discovered early in her residency that she did not have many role models, or the necessary skills and knowledge needed to network effectively.

Chandrabose had no idea where to begin to lobby for support for equitable treatment of women anesthesiologists. After her residency, while employed with UCSD, she received a grant from the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Committee for Professional Diversity to investigate and develop opportunities for women in anesthesiology. 

Please select this link to read the complete article from ASAE's Center for Association Leadership.

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