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Kristen Kelly (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University


Kristen Kelly is a member of Sidney Kimmel Medical College Class of 2018. Originally from Old Greenwich, CT, Kristen completed her B.A. in International Relations and Spanish at Boston College before joining the relief organization, AmeriCares, as a member of their Latin American Partnerships team. As an associate, she spent time in many underserved hospitals and clinics and while she felt passionate about delivering aid, she longed to have a more personal connection with patients and decided to pursue a career in medicine. She currently serves on the executive board of Physician Executive Leadership at SKMC and is an associate member of the Council for Women at Boston College. She is interested in underserved populations as well as innovation in healthcare and hopes to keep both in mind as she pursues residency. Outside of medicine, Kristen enjoys taking hip hop classes, baking and spending time with her niece.




Women as the Scapegoats of Medicine: A Brief History of a Twisted Differential Diagnosis

Black hellebore, a flower of the deepest black and with petals the sinister shape of blunted arrowheads, grows wild in the cool, mountainous regions of the Balkans. Despite its unintimidating label as the “Christmas rose,” the hellebore has a much darker history, one bespoken more by the flower’s ebony hue than by its innocuous nickname.

Are Women Really Bad Negotiators? Social Darwinism and the Gender Wage Gap in Medicine

In 2015, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research published an alarming statistic: on average, women made only 79 cents for every dollar earned by men. Even more alarming was the fact that when the study controlled for qualification or stratified by job title, the gender wage gap persisted. Unfortunately, medicine is not immune to the gender wage gap phenomenon. According to data from the US Census Bureau, women make up one-third of US physicians, but on average make only 69 cents for every dollar earned by their male colleagues. This results in over $56,000 in potential wages lost for women in medicine each year.

Can We Talk About it Now? Mistreatment of Women in Medical Education

In light of this recent occasion, I would like to draw attention to the sexual harassment of a particularly vulnerable population that is a result of a unique power dynamic: they have no income, they have amassed significant debt and they depend on the subjective opinion of their abusers for validation of their work. Most frustrating, is that many of the corrective actions taken over the last 25 years have had a limited effect on changing this specific culture of abuse. This specific population is medical students.

What Sexism in Medicine Looks Like

These words, spoken by Dr. Gabrielle McMullin, a vascular surgeon in Australia, refer to a recent case wherein a female surgical resident won a case against a surgeon accused of sexually assaulting her in the Melbourne hospital where they both worked. Ironically, winning this workplace harassment lawsuit has made it impossible for the surgical resident, Caroline Tan, to find a job. In the surgical profession, speaking up against assault has resulted in Tan being labeled not as a victim or a brave woman who spoke up, but as a troublemaker.

My Summer in Orthopedic Surgery

Administrative assistant, nurse and high school volunteer were just a few of the titles people assumed I was when they saw me sitting in the office of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Often to their surprise, I was a medical student starting my summer research project between my first and second year. It became immediately clear that seeing a young woman associated with orthopedic surgery was not something many people were used to.

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