Women in Psychiatry

Women in Psychiatry : Personal Perspectives

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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:  Insights into career paths through descriptions of pivotal events and decisions that shaped their careers as scientists. Perspectives and advice on how to balance personal and professional responsibilities, both in training and in practice. Illustrations of the role played by cultural and linguistic background, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, subspecialty, place of employment, and work setting. The importance of mentorship throughout the process, first as a recipient and ultimately as a mentor to other women entering the field. Strategies these authors used to accomplish goals and the various styles of leadership that helped them reach those goals. The historical context for understanding that until recent decades, despite irrefutable evidence that women in the biomedical professions are capable, there were few in most fields with the exception of nursing, dental hygiene, and elementary science teaching. 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.show more

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  • Paperback | 345 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 158562408x
  • 9781585624089

About Donna M. Norris

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.show more

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Women entering psychiatry or other health care professions face challenges their male counterparts do not. In Women in Psychiatry: Personal Perspectives, 21 female leaders in psychiatric medicine trace the paths they followed to enter and excel in this profession. The book is a testimony to the progress women have made in the field of psychiatry, especially since the beginning of the feminist movement in the 1970s. The stories of these accomplished women are frankly presented and illustrate strategies they have used to balance their private and professional lives and to overcome barriers to their advancement as female professionals in medical careers. 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. Each of their stories is unique. This book offers not only fascinating insights into leadership and achievement, but also inspiration and must-read practical guidance to anyone interested in a similar career.show more

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"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"show more

Table of contents

ContributorsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsForewordIntroductionPart I: The Early YearsChapter 1. Embarking on a Career Path: Persistence, Process, and PsychiatryChapter 2. A Woman of Culture and Compassion From the CarolinasChapter 3. Emerging From the Shadow and Exposed to the LightChapter 4. An Early-Career Perspective on Work, Parenthood, and Leadership: You Can Have It All, You Just Can't Have It All Right NowPart II: Mid-Career and Beyond: A MosaicChapter 5. Farmer's Daughter Excels in PsychiatryChapter 6. Finding My Way: A Nontraditional Career in PsychiatryChapter 7. Getting to the Inner Circle: The Long, Hard RoadChapter 8. An Adventurous Journey: From the Holy City to the Windy CityChapter 9. Mission Driven and Road Tested: A Career Path in PsychiatryChapter 10. A Community Psychiatrist Straddling Worlds and Bridging ChasmsChapter 11. Administration, Advocacy, and Academics: One Woman's ExperienceChapter 12. Specializing in the Wholly ImpossibleChapter 13. The Challenges of Leadership: A Woman's PerspectiveChapter 14. Having the Courage and Conviction to SucceedChapter 15. Army PsychiatristChapter 16. A Serendipitous Career: From Cowboy to Out Lesbian Faculty PsychiatristChapter 17. Another Immigrant's Tale: So Near and Yet So FarChapter 18. Receiving Effective Support While Making Culture and Language ChangesChapter 19. Unexpected Adventures Behind the WallsChapter 20. My Partly Planned Journey: What Has Worked for MeChapter 21. CenteringIndexshow more