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Scrape Off The Day: The Unwritten Rules for Women Medical Students.
by T. Delaplain, MD
Always be more than prepared; know the common, the obscure, the zebras and the pearls.
Don’t be wrong; that’s a luxury.
Never flinch or duck; your male colleague will always see it.
Blend in but stand out.
Never cry; every tear will be made legend.
The stairwell is your holy sanctuary; use it, for you will break every rule, every day.
Stomp, rant, and rail against the sexism.
And then scrape the blood off your shoes, you earned it.
Tomorrow’s a new day.
Who’s shoes will you walk in? Rochelle will give you 100 words to decide. Join us at Friday Fictioneers
I’m celebrating my 30th medical school reunion this year and I’ll be meeting up with several of my colleagues. When I started medical school there were 11 women in my class of 50. I don’t think I truly appreciated how rare women medical students were then. Our medical school classes are 50-60% women now and we as a nation should be grateful for this equality. Woman make great physicians. But I don’t think we are completely past sexism in medical education and I’m certain that there will always be a student, an intern or an attending physician taking refuge and scraping off her day in the sanctuary of a hospital stairwell.