Bacterial and Fungal Infections, Sexually Transmitted Infections

Olivia Van Gerwen, MD, MPH, International Women’s Day 2022: Perspectives from a Working Mother and Sexual Health and Infectious Diseases Specialist

Published Online: March 3rd 2022

As part of International Women’s Day, Dr Olivia Van Gerwen (The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Division of Infectious Diseases, Birmingham, AL, USA) one of touchINFECTIOUS DISEASES Editorial board members, joins us to discuss her impressive career highlights, and her own experiences of building her career alongside raising a family and overcoming a medical illness. Dr Van Gerwen also gives advice to Women embarking on a career in medicine, and the resources that might be available to them.

Questions:

  1. Could you tell us about your career highlights so far? (0:06)
  2. Why is International Women’s Day important for medicine and clinical practice? (2:56)
  3. What have been the major challenges in your career? (5:26)
  4. What advice would you give to young women embarking on a career in medicine? (9:25)
  5. What resources are available for women hoping to attain leadership roles in medicine? (13:06)

Disclosures: Olivia Van Gerwen has nothing to disclose in relation to this video.

Support: Interview and filming supported by Touch Medical Media Ltd. Interview conducted by Katey Gabrysch.

Filmed in coverage of International Women’s Day 2022.

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