Are women really more competitive with each other? Does this narrative hold true across all fields? And, is there any way to change it? I came from a residency class in which there were 6 women and 1 man. I know many of our attending physicians were concerned that infighting and cattiness would dominate our program – but I don’t think that was the case at all. In fact, I think there are many ways that women can support each other without feeling that they are losing out by doing so.
I remember clearly the feeling of pre-med competitiveness when I was in college. There was a very real fear that I was competing with others for spots. That same scarcity mentality can follow you throughout your training and even into your career as an attending physician – whether you are in academics or in private practice, self-employed or employed.
But, to truly feel that I was coming into my own – to feel secure in what I have achieved, I have found that I had to let go of that scarcity mentality. That I was competing for limited resources against other women. This narrative can be rewritten, and must be.
In this episode of the podcast, I discuss 4 strategies for learning to support other women. This is one you must listen to!