Don’t call me ‘honey': Sexual harassment persists for female doctors

One family practitioner had the father of a young patient spit on her and tell her he didn’t think she knew what she was talking about because she was a woman. A young Pennsylvania doctor says older male doctors at the hospital where she works often call her “honey” and “sweetheart.”

Turns out female doctors haven’t come such a long way: many still face sexual harassment from patients and colleagues, according to a report in Medical Economics.

While there are more women physicians in the U.S. than ever before, that hasn’t stopped sexist and misogynist behavior from patients and fellow doctors, according to the report.


Elevate Health Plan Member Engagement Through Call Center Transformation

Learn how health plans can rapidly transform their call center operations and provide high-touch, concierge service to health plan members.

Perhaps it should not come as a surprise as a recent survey of high-achieving women physicians in academic medicine found nearly a third reported experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace.

Doctors are experiencing sexual harassment at rates that compare to what’s happening in industries around the world, Emily Martin, the National Women’s Law Center’s vice president for workplace justice, told Medical Economics.

“Based on studies we have seen, it seems to be at least one in four women and as many as 60 percent of women in some occupations are experiencing sexual harassment on the job. Doctors, unfortunately, are not exempt from that pattern,” she said.

So what can healthcare organizations do to stop sexual harassment? Organizations must create a culture of accountability to eliminate the dangers of workplace intimidation, harassment and other bullying behaviors. See the Medical Economics article for more tips. 

- read the article


Suggested Articles

Nearly 10,000 patients involved in research studies were impacted by a third-party privacy breach that may have exposed their medical diagnoses, test results…

Employers looking to continue investing in their wellness programs are eyeing services targeting mental health and women’s health, a new survey shows.

Payers have made strides digitizing and automating many core processes, yet prior authorization remains a largely manual, cumbersome process.