Why is it that an issue that affects and hurts so many people has to become personal before we care about it? Whether it is someone’s sexuality, natural disasters, race, or your local community hot topic—often we don’t engage unless it has a direct effect on us. As physicians, we are held to a higher moral standard. We should be more sensitive to the things that cause pain and suffering. We are trained to treat our patients as if they were our sister, husband, or mother. We often take their issues personally and do our best to give them an optimal outcome.
So when our colleagues, mentors, mentees, and friends have been unfairly treated, we all need to pay attention and take it personally. This month’s cover story focuses on the unfair treatment that many women otolaryngologists have had to endure. I am sure many of us male otolaryngologists have been guilty of perpetuating this behavior at some point in our career. And although I would like to think that I have never made an inappropriate comment or willingly put together a “manel” at a meeting, I have spent time reflecting on this and am making sure I am aware of and sensitive to these issues moving forward. We know this topic is uncomfortable to talk about, and some may not want to read about it since it doesn’t affect them personally. We hope you will.
Thanks again for visiting us this month, and I look forward to talking soon.