Elusive Equity, Empathy, and Empowerment

One Woman’s Journey through the Challenges of Gender Bias in the Early Twenty-First Century

by Pandora B. Angel MD



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/8/2018

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 168
ISBN : 9781480868274
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 168
ISBN : 9781480868267
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 168
ISBN : 9781480868250

About the Book

Dr. Pandora B. Angel was a practicing physician for thirty years. She spent twenty-three of those years as an emergency physician at a university medical center and an affiliated hospital. In Elusive Equity, Empathy, and Empowerment, she shares the challenges she faced as a female emergency physician in what is still perceived as a male profession. Addressing the gender bias and inequality she experienced while striving for and achieving a career in medicine, this memoir addresses workforce power and control, double standards, gender bias, discrimination, the boys’ club, harassment, contrived narratives for predetermined goals, retaliation, disregard for objective data, and misconceptions. Through thoughtful vignettes, lessons, and appendices, this memoir explores the persistent culture of inequity in the workplace from Angel’s perspective as a female physician in a male-dominated field. Teaching tools and lessons are provided at the end of each chapter to stimulate wider discussions of inequality, harassment, bias, and discrimination that still occur.

About the Author

Dr. Elizabeth A. Edwardsen (formerly deLahunta, maiden name Dickerson) graduated from Colgate University Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a major in mathematics in 1982. She completed her medical degree in 1986 at the University of Rochester and a residency in Internal Medicine in 1989 at Strong Memorial Hospital. After five years of an emergency medicine practice at an affiliated hospital, Dr. Elizabeth Edwardsen returned to the university hospital in 1994 to pursue an academic career. At the time of her retirement in 2017 she was an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Edwardsen spearheaded clinical initiatives to improve efficiency and quality care for all emergency patients. She was selected as the Medical Director for the adult Emergency Department at the university hospital in 2009 due to her dedication to the departmental mission to provide safe, efficient, quality care to every patient. She was part of the founding physician staff for an observation unit at an affiliated hospital which she served clinically for six years. She has published several chapters and numerous articles on partner violence, patient and physician communication, empathy and sexual assault. Journals with author publications include The Journal of the American Medical Association, Preventive Medicine, The Journal of Interpersonal Violence and The Archives of Internal Medicine. She initiated the medical school curriculum on Domestic Violence at the University of Rochester in 1994. She formerly directed the medical student emergency medicine clerkship, at which time she successfully lobbied for emergency medicine to be a mandatory clerkship for all medical students. This encouraged a broader understanding of the specialty and the interrelatedness with all specialties. She received honors including selection as a faculty graduation marshal by graduating classes in 1995 and 1997. She was elected into the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha, by the class of 2004.