The surgeon told me: “No offense, but girls really aren’t cut out for this work. They’re too fragile. They get too emotional. It’s not your fault; it’s biological.”
Yes — health care is sexist. And it is racist.
And just like our country, it is divided.
Brilliant people face an uphill battle against prejudice as they work to become healers. Abuse within the system is rarely punished or even noticed.
This has to change.
Everyone — patients included — would benefit from a system that honors compassion, diversity, and inclusivity. We must stop abusing the future of medicine.
Jamie Katuna is a medical student. She can be reached on Facebook.