WOMEN IN PSYCHIATRY: PERSONAL PERSPECTIVES
Norris, D. - Jayaram, G. - Primm, A.
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In Women in Psychiatry, 21 accomplished women psychiatrists in private practice, teaching institutions, hospitals, public health treatment programs, and leadership positions reveal both the challenges and rewards of being in a wide array of professional positions. The stories are heartfelt and personal as well as professional accounts of obstacles overcome and milestones achieved. In a field once completely dominated by men, nearly one-third of physicians who identified themselves as practicing psychiatry in the U.S. were women, and the diversity of their approaches to the practice of psychiatry is encouragingly illustrated in this book.
Women in Psychiatry clearly demonstrates where an interest in science or medicine can lead when combined with determination, guidance, experience, mentoring, perseverance, and organizational support. The featured women represent diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, positions, career pathways, and accomplishments. All the authors share lessons learned and provide recommendations on what they found helpful in achieving their goals of personal and professional fulfillment. These chapters present many common themes among women professionals both within and outside of psychiatry, including handling pregnancy and motherhood while building a career, the potential strain between women and men in the field, and some of the income and leadership role inequities that still exist. Features and benefits of Women in Psychiatry include:
Women in Psychiatry is the ideal book for women who are considering a career in psychiatry or other areas of medicine. It is also a book for partners and spouses of women in medicine and psychiatry. It is an inspirational and educational document that women and men, whether in medicine or other, nonrelated careers, can value and appreciate through the recounting of personal and professional experiences that made a difference.
"This book offers an unusual opportunity to learn about the careers in psychiatry of a number of women from disparate backgrounds, many from minority areas. These women followed wide range of pathways to reach their professional goals. The book provides insights into the combination of background, historical moment, individual talents, and the role of mentors and supports that have led to success. There are also unique personal histories, interesting in themselves and for their diversity."
—Malkah Tolpin Notman M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Brookline, MA
Donna M. Norris, M.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
Geetha Jayaram, M.D., M.B.A, is Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Health Policy & Management, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.
Annelle B. Primm, M.D., M.P.H., is Deputy Medical Director and Director, Office of Minority/National Affairs, American Psychiatric Association, Arlington, Virginia.