Medical student lists shocking list of sexist incidents she faced while training
A female medical student has compiled a shocking list of the sexism she has faced while training to be a doctor.
Hannah Yard says she was called blondie for a week and was warned she needed to dye her hair brunette to be taken seriously.
The 24-year-old also says she was told to make sandwiches, constantly mistaken for a nurse and was repeatedly called good girl when she answered questions correctly, despite no similar term being used for the men on her course.
Hannah even says she gave up on her dream of being a surgeon because she was told by a registrar surgeon: It was nice to finally have something to look at across the operating table.
Hannah, originally from Southampton, compiled a list of the shocking incidents of sexism and wrote about them on Twitter using the hashtag #everydaysexism.
She wrote: #everydaysexism is medicine – a thread of comments myself and my close friends have received whilst being medical students.
She also Tweeted: After introducing myself on the ward round as a medical student assigned to the team for the day “she must be here to make the sandwiches” – huge laughs from the all-male team.
That made me want to cry, Hannah said.
And in another incident Hannah had tweeted as part of the thread, she said: Third week of placement with a surgical team, arrived at a clinic in smart clothes with bright red “Medical Student” lanyard, “Are you one of the student nurses?”
In a similar sexist incident, the student wrote about being referred to as a nurse, by doctors and patients, even after introducing myself as a student doctor, on an almost weekly basis.
She also tweeted about her time in trauma and orthopaedic surgery, saying: Whole team of T&O surgeons referring to me as “Blondie” for a week long placement.
Hannah is now in the fourth year of a postgraduate medicine course at Cardiff University and has been on placement in hospitals across south Wales.
She says she was also told to go brunette at an open day for a postgraduate medicine course at the University of Bristol in 2013.