Female Doctors in Canada: Experience and Culture

Edited by Earle H. Waugh, Shirley Schipper, and Shelley Ross

© 2019

Female Doctors in Canada is an accessible collection of articles by experienced physicians and researchers exploring how systems, practices, and individuals must change as medicine becomes an increasingly female-dominated profession. As the ratio of practicing physicians’ shifts from predominately male to predominately female, issues such as work hours, caregiving, and doctor-patient relationships will all be affected.

Canada's medical education is based on a system that has always been designed by and for men; this is also true of our healthcare systems, influencing how women practice, what type of medicine they choose to practice, and how they wish to balance their personal lives with their work. With the intent to open a larger conversation, Female Doctors in Canada reconsiders medical education, health systems, and expectations, in light of the changing face of medicine.

Highlighting the particular experience of women working in the medical profession, editors trace the history of female practitioners, while also providing a perspective on the contemporary struggles women face as they navigate a system that was tailored to the male experience, and is yet to be modified.

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Female Doctors in Canada is an accessible collection of articles by experienced physicians and researchers exploring how systems, practices, and individuals must change as medicine becomes an increasingly female-dominated profession.

Female Doctors in Canada: Experience and Culture

Edited by Earle H. Waugh, Shirley Schipper, and Shelley Ross

© 2019

Female Doctors in Canada is an accessible collection of articles by experienced physicians and researchers exploring how systems, practices, and individuals must change as medicine becomes an increasingly female-dominated profession. As the ratio of practicing physicians’ shifts from predominately male to predominately female, issues such as work hours, caregiving, and doctor-patient relationships will all be affected.

Canada's medical education is based on a system that has always been designed by and for men; this is also true of our healthcare systems, influencing how women practice, what type of medicine they choose to practice, and how they wish to balance their personal lives with their work. With the intent to open a larger conversation, Female Doctors in Canada reconsiders medical education, health systems, and expectations, in light of the changing face of medicine.

Highlighting the particular experience of women working in the medical profession, editors trace the history of female practitioners, while also providing a perspective on the contemporary struggles women face as they navigate a system that was tailored to the male experience, and is yet to be modified.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "The authors use their diverse professional experiences to explore women physicians’ contributions and the challenges they faced in their professional and personal lives."


    Barbara Lent, Department of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

    "Illuminating and interesting, this collection is a much-needed contribution to the study of Canadian women in medicine today."


    Allyn Walsh, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University
  • Author Information

    Earle H. Waugh is Director Emeritus of the Centre for Health and Culture in Family Medicine at the University of Alberta.


    Shirley Schipper is an associate professor with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta.


    Shelley Ross is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta.
  • Table of contents

    Preface: Why a Book about Female Doctors?
    Acknowledgments

    Section One. Introductory Perspectives: Female Doctors in Canada
    1. The Feminization of Medicine: Issues and Implications
    SHELLEY ROSS
    2. "Unsex Me Here!" Gender as a Barrier to Female Practice: A Historical Introduction to Women Doctors in Canada
    Professionalization in Canada – An Annotated Timeline
    HEATHER STANLEY
    3. Cultural Barriers within Medicine
    SETORME TSIKATA
    4. Current State of Women in Medicine: The Statistics
    DEENA M. HAMZA AND SHELLEY ROSS

    Section Two. Navigating the Reality of Becoming and Being a Female Physician in a Traditionally Male Profession: Social and Cultural Issues
    5. Gendered Experience, Role Models and Mentorship, Leadership, and the Hidden Curriculum
    CHERI BETHUNE
    6. Female International Medical Graduates in Canada
    INGE SCHABORT

    Section Three. Career Experience: Examining Cultural Patterns within the Medical Community and Health Care System
    7. Career Trajectory of Women in Medicine: Taming the Winds That Blow Us
    KATHLEEN GARTKE AND JANET DOLLIN
    8. Quality of Life/Life-Work Balance
    SHELLEY ROSS

    Section Four. Contemporary Perspectives on Women in Medicine
    9. Women Physicians as Ethical Decision Makers
    ERIN FREDERICKS
    10. Women Physicians and New Forms of Medicine
    MONICA OLSEN, MAMTA GAUTAM, AND GILLIAN KERNAGHAN
    |11. Patients, Women Family Doctors, and Patient-Centred Care
    PERLE FELDMAN

    Section Five. Female Doctors in Canada: Futures
    12. Female Doctors in Canada: The Way Forward
    EARLE WAUGH, SHELLEY ROSS, AND SHIRLEY SCHIPPER

    Contributors