How to Treat Women at Work
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that obstetricians, midwives, and other primary care providers in the United States undergo gender diversity training and counseling.
This is an excellent idea, as many female obstetrician-gynecologists and other health care professionals work in settings where the culture of gender and power structures is often different from the health care workforce in general.
This type of diversity training can be an invaluable resource for women working in reproductive health care settings, particularly if they are considering leaving their job for a career change.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has also endorsed gender diversity programs.
However, while we applaud the AMA for recommending this, we find that the organization doesn’t offer any specific training or education to primary care doctors, obstetricists, or other health professionals who work in reproductive healthcare settings.
The AMA’s position is that primary care physicians and midwives must undergo training to be effective, and that the training is only offered to OB/GYNs.
Unfortunately, the AMA fails to mention that the health and reproductive health communities have long had a diverse practice.
As a community, we need to work harder to ensure that women and men are treated equally, regardless of their gender or profession.