In an era where medicine is plagued by burnout and moral injury, I’m inspired to know and support the women of JOWMA. To us, medicine is a true calling.
I appreciate your noting that loss of autonomy is a big problem for doctors today. I think that this is a big problem for all professionals. There is a war on the professional class and we are not winning. I also agree that there is never a good time to have a baby. I do not understand these young people who think you can plan a baby. They believe they can plan life. My daughter was an unplanned miracle baby, and the best part of my life.
WOW! Thank you.
Thanks for sharing your story Miriam. So much to admire and respect about your journey.
I would however advise every young woman and man to strongly reject your motto:
"It's never a good time to have a baby, so don’t wait for the sole purpose of career planning."
Choicefulness and planning are on balance a great investment in our own health and happiness.
It was RFK's challenge to infectious disease expert Dr. Peter Hotez that resulted in Hotez being stalked at his home by anti-vaxxers, and receiving threatening emails from them. To me, that is harassment. RFK has been refuted by scientists with evidence and logic, but that is not harassment. He has also had posts removed from social media for violating their standards, but that is not harassment. As fas as I could tell from a quick Google search, RFK has made no claims of harassment by anybody other than his late wife. But if you have a link that says otherwise, feel free to share it.
Reading this reminded me of the saying, "If you want to get something done, ask a busy person to do it." Even more so, a busy woman! :) Thanks for all you do. Also thanks for mentioning vaccines. I am surprised that there are so many anti-vaccine folks who subscribe to this Substack. Every doctor here promotes evidence based medicine, and thus, every doctor here is pro-vaccine. Even Vinay Prasad, who speaks out often against Big Pharma, and against some of the CDC guidance on the issue, is still overall pro-vaccine. I think these folks need to migrate over to Maryanne Demasi's Substack!
What an inspiration and example you are. I love that you talk about marrying and starting a family while still in school. With the coming population implosion we need to educate, encourage and support this very pathway. Congratulations on creating a group of likeminded women.
You are an inspiration to so many. Thank you for all you do and have done for your community.
Incredible journey and accomplishments! I also hope that she learns about the deception of all vaccines by reading Turtles All The Way Down, written by Israeli MDs.
At this stage of the game i stopped at the paragraph where she pushed the measles vaccines 💉