Massachusetts Medical Society: Women Physicians: Share Your Story

Women Physicians: Share Your Story

The Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Women in Medicine is compiling a new book of transformational stories as told by women physicians. Besides a historical perspective, this collection of candid stories will share:

  • Forks faced & turning points in women physician's careers
  • How they made difficult career and personal decisions
  • Lessons learned along the way

This new book will inspire women physicians to clarify their own life goals, to become better authors of their own lives, to build the kind of career flexibility women need, and will motivate present and future women physicians to share peer support as they reshape their mold during these changing times

  • What is your inspiring transformational story?
  • How did you “reshape your mold”?
  • Let us learn from your experience!

To express interest in sharing your story, please visit here

Deadline for content submission:  December 31, 2015

For questions and clarifications: Contact Staff Liaison Erin Tally (; 781-434-7413)  or CWIM Chair, Dr. Helen Cajigas (

Story Suggestions

  • Woman As A Physician: Myths Versus Realities
  • Highlights And Challenges Of My Journey As A Woman Physician 
  • Things I Wish I’d Known About Building the Life I Want As A Woman Physician  
  • Career And Life Decision Crossroads: Linking Passion And Direction
  • Healthy Boundaries And Energy Flow: Establishing And Juggling Priorities
  • Physicians As Patients: Anecdotes And Population Health And Wellness
  • Occupational Hazards As A Woman Physician: Stress, Anxiety, Alcohol, Drugs
  • Practicing Resiliency To Survive Oppressive Work Challenges
  • Assessing Your Strengths, Vulnerabilities, Threats And Opportunities
  • Workaholism, Burnout, Suicidal Ideation, Attempts and Completions      
  • Gender Bias Ans Sexual Harassment From Peers, Mentors And Authorities
  • Cautionary Tales And “Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda” Retrospectoscope Views
  • How To Change Trajectory When Life Hands You Major Surprises
  • Learning And Practicing The Art Of Reinvention In Changing Medical Markets
  • Riding The Waves Of Your Career And Lifespan: Flexibility And Support Networks
  • Personal Sacrifices, Career Low Points And Costly Missed Opportunities
  • Bouncing Back And Thriving Against The Odds
  • Career Flexibility, Job Sharing And Innovative Models Of Practice
  • Peak Experiences And Challenges In Clinical Leadership
  • Eureka And Trying Moments In Health Research
  • Climbing The Right (Or Wrong) Ladder
  • Survival Stories From The Trenches: Ways To Make Lemonade Out Of Lemons 
  • Finding Your Passion, Creating A Niche And Developing Support Networks
  • Authoring Your Life To Impact Your Story Ending
  • Topic of your selection


  • Stories must be true in content and nature and submitted by December 31, 2015
  • Story limit is 2500 words or less
  • The Committee on Women in Medicine & MMS reserve the right to edit all stories
  • Contributors should be MMS members
  • For inclusion in the final publication, each contributor will be required to sign a release 
  • Upon request, names can be changed to protect confidentiality 
  • To submit your story, email it to Erin Tally ( or fax it to (781) 893-2105

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