Women in Medicine Summit aims to inspire change and ‘disrupt the system’

September 16, 2022

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Jain is president and founder of the Women in Medicine Summit, president of the nonprofit Women in Medicine, and host of Healio’s Oncology Overdrive podcast.

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CHICAGO — At the Women in Medicine Summit, Shikha Jain, MD, FACP, said she hopes attendees walk away with new skills and tools they can use to change the system.

“The Women in Medicine Summit is an opportunity for women in medicine and their allies to come together and really talk about ways to disrupt the medical system for the better,” Jain, the summit’s founder and president, told Healio. “We need to change our health care systems for a variety of reasons. Not only because it’s better for patient care, but also because it’s the right thing to do.

Jain, who is also the founder and president of the nonprofit Women in Medicine, said working in a system that wasn’t designed for women’s success can “cause a lot of challenges ‘that lead’ many very talented and brilliant women in medicine to leave the whole field.”

“Ultimately, it’s going to damage our communities, it’s going to damage our patient care, and it’s going to really damage our institutions,” she added.

Jain also said she was learning a lot at this year’s summit.

“I learn so much not just from people on stage, but from people I meet walking around and introducing myself to attendees,” she said.

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