Part two of a three-part series exploring issues affecting the otolaryngology workforce
Explore this issue:March 2010
Diana C. Ponsky, MD, assistant professor of otolaryngology-facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, went to medical school wanting to be a pediatrician. She happened upon otolaryngology “by accident, by scrubbing into a very fascinating cancer case. I was hooked,” she now recalls.
Dr. Ponsky is among a minority of women in the specialty. Compared to the burgeoning of women medical school graduates (who comprised 50 percent of last year’s matriculating classes, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges [AAMC]), the representation of women in otolaryngology has been more incremental. Still, the number of women in otolaryngology is “growing in a meaningful way,” said Carol R. Bradford, MD, FACS, professor and chair of otolaryngology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.