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What We Bring to the Practice of Medicine

Perspectives from Women Physicians

192 pages
The Kent State University Press

Personal essays relating key issues and insights from women in medicine

What We Bring to the Practice of Medicine brings together a collection of short essays from women physicians working in diverse fields of medicine around the world. Through compassion, humor, and resiliency, their stories reveal the truth of what life is like for a variety of women in medicine.

While men and women physicians face different challenges and bring different historical experiences to the examination table, the history of medicine has been primarily told by men. Doctors Kimberly Greene-Liebowitz and Dana Corriel compile the pieces in this collection to highlight the many topics of concern for women physicians––some of which may be unknown to medical field outsiders. Topics include the physician-patient relationship, mastery of clinical practice, barriers to career advancement and success, and the challenge of balancing a demanding professional life with domestic responsibilities, an issue brought to the fore by the COVID-19 pandemic.

What We Bring to the Practice of Medicine showcases the experiences of women physicians at every stage of their careers as well—from the beginning of medical school to the brink of retirement. These 40 essays are an expansive, unprecedented examination of what drives clinical and personal decisions and demonstrate how a physician’s character is intricately intertwined with their approach to caregiving and the practice of medicine.

Author Bio

Kimberly Greene-Liebowitz is a board-certified emergency and urgent care physician. She earned her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and trained in emergency medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Greene-Liebowitz has been published on KevinMD and FemInEM and authored a chapter in The Hidden Epidemic: Confronting Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

Dana Corriel is an internal medicine physician turned entrepreneur and digital consultant in health innovation and technology. After attending UCLA, she earned a medical degree in Israel and then trained at Albert Einstein University in NYC. She is currently the CEO of SoMeDocs (doctorsonsocialmedia.com) and has been featured in multiple media outlets, including the LA Times, SELF, and HuffPost.