Women in Medicine - Virtual Discussion Forum (August)

Women in Medicine - Virtual Discussion Forum (August)

The Burden and Benefits of Status-Leveling
for Women Physicians

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023

7 – 8 p.m. ET

Fee:  FREE

Registration required.

NOTE: This monthly discussion forum is oly for female ISMA physicians and medical student members. These sessions will not be recorded for future viewing.

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Series description:

ISMA Women in Medicine (WIM) Discussion Forum sessions take place on Tuesdays each month and are scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. ET via Zoom. All female members of ISMA are welcome to join to connect, network and discuss topics of special significance to female physicians today. Sessions begin with an opening presentation, followed by a facilitated group discussion.

Session description:

In the medical profession, women physicians are often automatically assigned a position of inferior status compared to their male colleagues. Women physicians also face challenges to their status from female nurses on the job. “Status-leveling burden”is considered a set of behaviors all female physicians must perfect to level up their status regarding these two groups in practice. 

In this session, Jane Bridges, MD, will discuss these challenges and mitigation strategies that can assist women physicians.

Session objectives:

At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  1. Characterize the theory and definition of status-leveling.
  2. Define the three status levels women physicians must navigate and negotiate in their careers.
  3. Discuss compensatory status-leveling behaviors.
  4. Debate the benefits and burdens of status-leveling behaviors.
  5. Lear mitigation strategies to assist women physicians.


Jane M. Bridges, MD
Diabetologist, Good Samaritan Hospital
Medical Director, Welch Diabetes Educational Center

About our speaker:

Dr. Bridges graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1987.  She is an endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism specialist in Vincennes, Indiana, with over 35 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Bridges currently chairs the Practitioner Health and Wellness Committee at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes and represents District 2 on the ISMA Commission on Physician Assistance. She is considered a champion for physician wellness and resilience.   


CME information

Designation Statement: The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) designates this live webinar for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation statement: The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Disclosure Policy:  In accordance with The Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, educational programs sponsored by the ISMA must demonstrate balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. Prior to the activity, all faculty, authors, editors and planning committee members participating in an ISMA-sponsored activity are required to disclose to attendees any financial relationships with an “ineligible company” whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Disclosure Statement:  There are no relevant financial relationships to identify, mitigate or disclose because the content of this activity is non-clinical in nature.

If you have questions, contact ISMA Continuing Medical Education staff at 800-257-4762 or seminars@ismanet.org.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m. ET


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8/22/2023 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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