By now you’ve heard that the #MeNotHive is raging.
And it’s not just a hashtag that’s been used to shame women for being sexually harassed in the workplace.
Some of us have also seen that the same system that allows women to be fired for being raped or harassed in their own workplace is also preventing them from advancing their career.
There are already signs of a movement brewing in the medical industry.
A new medical career training program called Health Care for Women (HCW) aims to bring women into the medical profession.
The program is backed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U, and the UGA.
The goal of HCW is to train more than 2,000 female medical professionals by 2020.
HCW hopes to be the biggest training program in UGA history.
The team that HCW assembled has over 2,100 graduates and nearly 400 students.
It’s a first in the U of A’s history.
What does that mean for women?
For one, it means they’re more likely to get hired and stay in the field.
“The vast majority of medical jobs in the United States are filled by men,” says Dr. Beth Hildebrandt, the director of the College of Nursing at the University of Georgia.
“It’s not an issue of gender, it’s an issue about what’s in our bodies.”
For Hildebrands students, this means being able to pursue medical school.
The College of Medicine and the College Health Program offer classes in all aspects of the medical workforce, including internal medicine, orthopedics, internal medicine and other areas of specialty care.
“We’re going to have more people that are interested in being in medical school because of this training,” Hildebringt says.
She adds that HCWs program is an important first step to bring more women into medicine.
“Because it’s such a young age, I think it’s going to be a challenge for us to really create a culture that is conducive to a future in medicine,” Hildemarbrands Director of Nursing, Dr. Karen Brown says.
HCWs goal is to be an inclusive and equitable career path for women, says Dr in charge of HCWs training, Dr Marisa O’Neill.
“If you can’t afford to go to a particular school, then you’re not going to get the kind of training you need,” O’Nell says.
O’Neil adds that a woman should be prepared to work with both men and women in order to graduate from HCWs medical school and earn a degree.
“You want to be comfortable being an advocate for women and a good listener and advocate for other women, and we are trying to give that support,” she says.
“A woman can’t really do all of these things at once, so you need to be in a position where you’re able to have those conversations, be able to listen and advocate.
That’s what this training is about.
This is a place for women to feel comfortable.”
But this isn’t just about women in medical schools.
The HCW program is also an effort to change the culture in medical departments.
Dr. Jennifer Rehwinkel, an OB/GYN at the Women’s College Hospital in Atlanta, explains that when she started her career, she was told that doctors are supposed to treat women with the same respect as men.
“I thought that was really sexist,” Rehlenk says.
But she was surprised when she began to learn more about what women are going through when it comes to medical care.
In fact, women are far more likely than men to be raped or sexually assaulted in the hospital, according to a report from the UVA Center for Health Research and Policy.
“So, what we’re doing is changing the culture of medical care and that includes treating women with respect, treating women well and treating women in the way that’s appropriate for them,” says Reh.
She explains that if a woman is sexually assaulted, the first thing she does is contact the police and report the incident.
This includes asking the doctor, and she does not want to take the complaint against the doctor to the hospital.
But it’s still important to be prepared.
“There is always a risk of retaliation from doctors and from people in the community, and if you do not speak up, then it can be difficult to get any kind of support from people around you,” Rehn says.
So what should you do if you think you might be a victim of sexual assault or harassment?
You should talk to your health care provider.
But if you’re in a medical setting, there’s no such thing as anonymity.
You should be comfortable speaking up.
“When you talk about the medical environment, it is very much like the workplace environment, and women are expected to be compliant,” Rehl says.
And there’s a whole spectrum