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  • #38987
    Sethina1Sethina1
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    Hello,

    Would our physician members want their own forum, accessed only by physicians? Please post your feedback and let me know what you want. You could try emailing me at sethina@mommd.com

    I want to accommodate all our members and understand that some physicians value the privacy of a physician only forum.

    Sethina Edwards
    President, MomMD

    #38988
    MomMDMomMD
    Participant

    looks like this will happen, any objections from our physician members??

    Sethina

    #38989
    su4n2su4n2
    Participant

    Hi sethina,
    i am not a physician, i am applying to med school next year. i have found that some of the most informative posts have come from physicians. it has certainly taught me a lot. i feel like we all benefit from them. my worry is that the physicians will not post as much in the other forums, and we won’t be able to get their perspective. thanx, susan

    #38990
    MomMDMomMD
    Participant

    this is a valid concern. Any physicians care to add anything?

    From a MomMD point of view, our physician audience (due to the nature of their business) would prefer more privacy in discussing issues that affect them. The forum will be on this same page (exactly as is) and we can make a special request to them to post in other forums too. For example, career, family and parenting, general discussion seems to get a good balance of physicians and students.

    Keep your opinions coming!!

    Sethina

    #38991
    KimyaKimya
    Participant

    Hi,

    I just wanted to say that I don’t think a physician only forum is a good idea. There is already a forum on the internet for physicians only. It is discussion of some of the more challenging problems from real physicians that makes this site so useful, in my opinion. I don’t think busy people will take the time to post in two sections, and for this reason, I think this would essentially divide the site into two groups, the premeds and the physicians, and although premeds have a lot of valuable information and support, I feel I really need to hear from people who have “been there”.

    If people are concerned about privacy, couldn’t they get an anonymous nickname and change essential identifying information? I would think that a physicians only forum would make it more difficult in a way to conceal privacy, because of the chance you might run into someone that knows you or your situation, especially in a specialty.

    Well, my 2 cents! Sounds like it’s already happening though..

    #38992
    ShelliShelli
    Participant

    Keep the forum open to all. Women physicians who want private discussions can talk about it with their personal friends and dont need to be lamenting on a website.

    #38993
    MomMDMomMD
    Participant

    Originally posted by Shelli:
    Keep the forum open to all. Women physicians who want private discussions can talk about it with their personal friends and dont need to be lamenting on a website.

    I feel I must respond to this!! We all need to lament on this website and may not want to discuss these issues with personal friends! Physicians, as anyone else who visits the site, should feel welcomed to lament. This is the whole purpose of having discussion forums!!

    Thanks,

    Sethina

    #38994
    nesannasonnesannason
    Participant

    Closing this forum totally defeats what you are trying to accomplish!!! Let the elitists go elsewhere!!!

    #38995
    mitchikomitchiko
    Participant

    I have mixed feelings about making a physicians only site. Sometimes I get invaluable information from my non medical friends, but on the otherhand I don’t think that a non medical person can truly understand what it is like to be a physician, and the day to day crap that yoy must deal with.

    #38996
    jessica fieldenjessica fielden
    Participant

    i agree. keep the forum open to all. those who wish to be anonymous can do so.

    #38997
    mmk3mmk3
    Participant

    I am a new member and have found the discussions in the various forums to be a real help. I am interviewing at medical schools now (for fall 2003 entrance) and it has been such a blessing to be able to read about the challenges, especially those regarding family, that women in medicine face. I am married but do not have children…yet. It would be disappointing if a physicians only forum existed, because in joining this site, I wanted to hear the nitty gritty from all of you…so that I could keep the stories (and your creative solutions!) in the back of my mind when facing my own difficulties along the way. 🙂

    #38998
    MomMDMomMD
    Participant

    Thanks all, I’m listening, keep them coming! :wave:

    It looks like most favor keeping this open (I had some emails saying the same).

    Also worth mentioning is that you can private message people via these forums for a private one-to-one discussion.. If a message or forum does not interest you then you don’t need to read it.

    Anyone else?

    Thanks…

    Sethina

    #38999
    MarlysMarlys
    Participant

    I really hope the physicians’ forum stays open to all. I agree with all the above posters who sincerely value the messages from physicians who are in the trenches. This information is significant to me as I decide if I really want to head in this direction, and I appreciate the willing physicians who share their professional ups and downs with this supportive community.

    #39000
    drmcd1drmcd1
    Participant

    Hello,
    I am a new member. I am also a new physician – I finished residency about a year and a half ago. I understand both sides of the issue, but do think the benefits of keeping the forum open are too great to overlook. Those either thinking of entering or going thru med school have to be mature enough to handle anything we have to dish out. I would hope they would also be discreet as required in this profession. As to those who think that women physicians should gripe to their own women friends – I would like to point out many women physicians find themselves without many other women physician friends to gripe with cuz we are all too busy with our families and careers to get together very often. Also non physician women can be good friends, but just don’t understand all of the difficulties or their significance. I came across this website by accident, and I think it is great I can “talk” with other women physicians in the evening after the kids have gone to bed. Keep up the good work.

    Carolyn :goodvibes:

    #39001
    jenjen
    Participant

    I am not a physcian YET, but I do hope that I would be able to post privately to a group at this site when I am a physcian. However I also like having an open forum to read and ask questions to physcians to help prepare for my future the best way I can. Maybe there could be a private forum for physcians regarding private business matters only, and also an open forum for them to discuss the other things such as family, career balancing, etc. I have been more encouraged to pursue a medical career as a single mother by reading post by medical students and physicians, mainly because I have a little more of a feel of what I am getting into. Knowing that they are or have done it, encourages me as well. It can be done is what I know beleive instead of, It’s not possible!
    Jen

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