A female medical student claims that she was exposed to the ongoing sexism of male medical and university employees while training to become a doctor.
Mrs. Yard says she & # 39; blondie & # 39; was called and warned that she had to dye her hair brunette to be taken seriously.
Mrs. said she was constantly mistaken for a nurse and that she & # 39; good girl & # 39; was mentioned when she answered questions well.
The 24-year-old also says that the department staff joked that she should be & # 39; here to make sandwiches & # 39; when she arrived for the start of her internship.
Hannah Yard (photo) says she & # 39; blondie & # 39; was called and was warned that she had to paint her hair brunette to be taken seriously
Mrs. Yard says she even gave up her dream of being a surgeon because she was told by a registrar surgeon: & # 39; It was nice to finally have something on the other side of the operating table. & # 39;
Yard, originally from Southampton, compiled a list of the shocking examples of sexism and wrote about it on Twitter using the hashtag #everydaysexism.
She wrote: & # 39; #everydaysexism is medicine – a common thread of comments that I and my good friends received during my medical student * & # 39 ;.
One of the examples tweeted by the intern physician was: & # 39; In response to answering the question & # 39; oh good girl & # 39; on multiple occasions. Surprisingly never heard & # 39; good boy & # 39; is used for one of my male colleagues & # 39; s & # 39 ;.
She also tweeted: & # 39; After introducing myself in the ward as a medical student assigned to the team for that day, & # 39; she must be here to make the sandwiches & # 39; – huge laughs from the male team & # 39 ;.
& # 39; That made me want to cry & # 39 ;, Yard said.
& # 39; I was only 21 and was laughed at by a large group of men. & # 39;
The 24-year-old also says she was told to make sandwiches, which was constantly mistaken for a nurse and repeatedly & # 39; good girl & # 39; was mentioned when she answered questions correctly, despite the fact that no comparable term was used for the men on her course
Another tweet in the thread: & # 39; After a friend said she would like to follow an anesthesia career & # 39; How do you expect to have children? You will not be able to go part-time and stay at home with the children you know. & # 39;
And in another incident that tweeted Mrs. Yard as part of the discussion, she said: & # 39; Third week internship with a surgical team, arrived at a clinic in smart clothing with bright red & # 39; Medical Student & # 39; line. & # 39; Are you one of the student nurses? & # 39;
In a similar sexist incident, the student wrote about being called a nurse by doctors and patients, even after introducing myself as a student doctor, almost weekly.
She also tweeted about her time in trauma and orthopedic surgery and said: & # 39; the entire team of T & O surgeons refers to me as & # 39; Blondie & # 39; for a week-long placement. & # 39;
Ms. Yard completed an undergraduate degree in pharmacology and then chose to continue her studies at the University of Cardiff. She is now in the fourth year of a postgraduate course in medicine and has been placed in hospitals in South Wales.
According to her, she was told that on an open day she had to study brunette for a postgraduate study in medicine at the University of Bristol in 2013 when she decided to study.
She says that a member of the university's admission teams had told her to make sure that she & # 39; the right way & # 39; reached.
She said: “When I asked what he meant, he said that I probably had to dye my hair brunette to be taken seriously in medicine. I was shocked, I could not believe that someone would say that to me. & # 39;
On one occasion, a registrar surgeon told Mrs. Yard that it was nice to finally see something on the other side of the operating table & # 39 ;.
She felt so uncomfortable that it prevented her from making a career in an operation.
Mrs. Yard rounded the thread off by tweeting: “Sexism in medicine is still a big problem, and something that should not be accepted as a joke.
& # 39; I don't know that one of my male colleagues & # 39; s who has been mistaken for a nurse is called a negative nickname, & # 39; something nice to watch & # 39; has been mentioned.
The student describes herself as & # 39; outgoing and confident & # 39; but says she does not dare to answer back when she is confronted with such sexist remarks in hospitals.
& # 39; If someone in the street talked to me like that, I'd always call them, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; But if I did an internship, I wouldn't do that if it would affect my career. Doctors would not shadow you if you spoke back. & # 39;
But that doesn't stop Ys Yard from being furious that she has to deal with this blatant sexism every day.
& # 39; I have studied for seven years and I deserve to be here, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; The older generations must be educated that this behavior is simply not acceptable. It is not only students who have to tolerate this, but also members of the hospital staff. & # 39;
A spokesperson for the University of Bristol, where the comment about hair dye was likely to occur, said: & # 39; The University of Bristol strives to be a place where everyone feels safe, welcomed and respected.
& # 39; It is very difficult for us to comment on something that would have happened six years ago, but these comments in no way reflect the professionalism and competence of our Admissions Team that provides advice and support to thousands of potential every year students. We wish Hannah every success in her future career. & # 39;
Yard, originally from Southampton, compiled a list of the shocking incidents of sexism and wrote about it on Twitter using the hashtag #everydaysexism
Adanna Anomneze-Collins, British medical student conference chairman for the British Medical Association (BMA), said: “All sexist or abusive behavior is absolutely unacceptable in the modern medical workplace and should not be tolerated – it is downright unjust.
& # 39; For medical students, exposure to such outdated and disrespectful attitudes can have a profoundly negative effect not only on their well-being and mental health, but also on their view of the profession they are about to follow.
& # 39; With women who are still under-represented in medicine, we cannot allow such behavior to prevent talented female doctors from pursuing a career as a doctor.
& # 39; Diversity contributes to the profession and allows us to make progress as effectively as possible.
& # 39; We must value, value and use the representation that we receive. Discrimination not only hurts those affected, but it creates an environment that is not caring, not supportive, and not collaborative.
& # 39; Sexual, disrespectful, and discriminatory behavior should not be tolerated, and employers, educators, and professional organizations all have a role to play in ensuring that it is eradicated. & # 39;
A spokesperson for the University of Cardiff said: “We are deeply concerned about the allegations we have made and encourage anyone who has experienced any of these problems to raise them through our formal student complaints procedure.
& # 39; Cardiff University strives to support, develop and promote equality and diversity in all our activities. Our students must be treated with dignity, courtesy and respect and may study without discrimination.
& # 39; We expect our medical educators to meet these high standards while our students are on an internship. We also have a number of mechanisms in each of our partner hospitals to ensure that students have the opportunity to raise issues they may have encountered.
& # 39; Within our medical school, we constantly strive to improve the student experience and ensure that students are fully supported during their studies. As part of this, we actively seek out the views of students through staff / student panels and conduct anonymous surveys to identify areas for improvement, including issues related to equality. & # 39;