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MIT Health Services needs female staff

(Editor's Note: The Tech received a copy of the following letter addressed to Director of MIT Health Services Dr. Arnold N. Weinberg.)

At a recent Women's Forum Steering Committee meeting, the issue of new hirees in Gynecology/Obstetrics was raised. We do not know the statistics of how many women in the MIT community use MIT medical facilities, but we note with great concern that it has become increasingly difficult to obtain an appointment with a female gynecologist. In other specialties within MIT Health Services, one can make an appointment (usually in less than a month) to consult with one's chosen doctor with whom one has established a relationship. Such is not the case in gynecology.

One of our members called for an appointment in July and was told that nothing was available before January with Dr. Annie S. Liau. "Routine" procedures were referred to the nurse practitioners and "emergencies" were to be handled by other (male) doctors. Where is the concept of relationship in such a situation?

We commend Dr. Liau's skill and compassion as a sought-after professional; her abilities and dedication are a boon to the community. We do not quarrel with the qualifications of either the nurse practitioners or the new doctors. While we applaud your efforts to address hiring doctors for the specialty, we are alarmed that the new hires are, without exception, males. We suggest that many women prefer to consult with female gynecologists. How can it be that, in this particularly female area, MIT is unable to hire females?

Emmi Snyder->

MIT Women's Forum->