I used to mind being called Doktora. Now, I could care less.
The transition happened when I was an intern assisting in a cholecystectomy. My very noble task: retract the liver. After a few minutes into surgery, I was asked to scrubbed out. I couldn't retract well and the surgeon was having a hard time because of me. My male group mate replaced me and he did a great job.
Photo from Sweden.Se
Dominance. No wonder, surgery was tagged as a male dominated field while pediatrics is women's. Not because women can't get into surgery or men into pediatrics, but because hormones dictates this. Men are naturally more aggressive, more inclined to cut up. Women, on the other hand are more geared towards taking care of the young ones. It's instinct.
What he can do, she can do. Most of times, yes. But sometimes, this is not true. There are things that men can do and women can't. Or things that women can and men can't. Being gender sensitive doesn't mean fooling ourselves and pretending female are a match for sheer male strength. But let's not use these differences to discriminate. These differences were created to complement.
Lucky for those in the field of medicine, these differences don't matter much. There is nothing in this field that a man can do that women can't (well, in my case, except retracting the liver), or vice versa.
Equal opportunity. They say that some specialties in this field don't give equal opportunities to both sexes. But these are talks. I believe that if you can prove your worth and can match up with your contemporaries, regardless of the sex, you will be given the same opportunities.
That's why male patients refusing a female examining physician throws me off. It's primarily because, the female physician was not even given the same opportunity. But this issue deserves another post.
It's habit. Now I don't mind anymore when I am being called Doktora. Because I don't think that I am being discriminated at all when people call me these. Most of the times, it's just habit. But for those who intend to discriminate by adding that extra letter A, go to hell.
This is a contribution to The Blog Rounds, hosted at Dr. Manggy's No Special Effects.