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Author Koven, Suzanne, author.

Title Letter to a young female physician : notes from a medical life / Suzanne Koven.

Publication Info. New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2021]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Koven,S KOV    Available
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Edition First edition.
Description x, 300 pages ; 22 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-300).
Contents Introduction: Letter to a young female physician -- Risk factors -- Prerequisites -- Admissions -- Clinical skills -- Mnemonics -- We have a body -- Things shameful to be spoken of -- Lineage -- The last three pounds -- Mom at bedside, appears calm -- Curbsiding -- An inherited condition -- The disease of the little paper -- The noncompliant patient, reconsidered -- The hateful patient -- The doctor's new dilemma -- Off the charts -- Head and shoulder -- Sequelae -- Science and kindness -- Bury me in something warm -- Extension -- Mixed emotions -- They call us and we go -- Epilogue: Women in STEM.
Summary "A poignant, funny, personal exploration of authenticity in work and life by a woman doctor. In 2017, Dr. Suzanne Koven published an essay describing the challenges faced by women doctors, including her own personal struggle with "imposter syndrome"-a long-held, secret belief that she was not smart enough or good enough to be a "real" doctor. Accessed nearly 300,000 times by readers around the world, Koven's "Letter to a Young Female Physician" has evolved into a work that reflects on her career in medicine, in which women still encounter sexism, pay inequity, and harassment. Koven tells engaging stories about her pregnancy during a grueling residency in the AIDS era; the illnesses of her son and parents during which her roles as a doctor, mother, and daughter converged; and the twilight of her career during the COVID-19 pandemic. Letter to a Young Female Physician offers an indelible eyewitness account from a doctor, mother, wife, daughter, teacher, and writer that will encourage readers to embrace their own imperfect selves"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Koven, Suzanne.
Women physicians -- United States -- Biography.
Physicians -- United States -- Attitudes.
Medicine -- Vocational guidance -- United States.
Physician and patient -- United States.
Sexism in medicine -- United States.
Sex discrimination in medicine -- United States.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
ISBN 9781324007142 (hardcover)
1324007141 (hardcover)
9781324007159 (electronic publication)

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