September is Women in Medicine Month. We are pleased to share the stories of some of our female physicians.
We are featuring Dr. Morgan Stickler and Dr. Kasey Stickler, who are both colleagues and twin sisters! Dr. Morgan Stickler is board certified in Family Medicine and her clinical interests include women’s health and primary care. Dr. Kasey Stickler recently completed her fellowship training in Sports Medicine.
A career in medicine is a collaborative experience, and support from others is incredibly important. Was there a female mentor in your life that helped you navigate any obstacles in your medical career?
Our mother was our greatest supporter and our strongest role model. She taught us to never let an obstacle stand in our way. She is a nurse at Cabell Huntington Hospital and has also influenced so many others in the medical field. We are so lucky to have her in our corner from the beginning.
Last year the #medbikini broke the internet when a journal article listed wearing a bikini on the beach on personal social media as unprofessional behavior. Do you feel that women are held to a different professionalism standard than men?
Women are frequently seen in a different light in medicine and all other professions. We have both experienced inappropriate comments from patients that should never be accepted. As women, we do not have to tolerate this. We need to continue to support one another.
For those of you that have chosen to have children, do you ever feel that society (or even fellow colleagues) attempt to dictate that it is “impossible” to be both a good doctor and a good parent? If so, how do you handle this criticism in your own personal life, and how do you propose we navigate those wrongful judgements in the future?
Neither of us have had children yet, but hopeful for children soon. We both have incredible support systems at work and at home. With that being said, we are aware of the wrongful judgements of balancing home and work life. We have seen colleagues who feel guilt. This guilt needs to be removed from our profession and replaced with support.
What advice would you give to a young woman pursuing a career in medicine?
Continue to redefine the culture of medicine. Define yourself and be passionate. Do not underestimate the impact you can make.
Date Posted: Friday, September 3, 2021