Women in Medicine: Aggy Barnowski, MA, MS
During September, we proudly feature trainees in our department for Women in Medicine Month!
Why did you pursue a career in medicine?
I am currently pursuing a degree in clinical psychology to support children, adolescents, and families in uncovering their strengths, values, and resilience to live fuller lives. I firmly believe in the power of early intervention, normalization, and destigmatizing mental health by promoting mental health literacy and access to care for youth.
What is your work focused on?
My work is focused on supporting and increasing access to care for children and their "team." I am particularly interested in treating youth experiencing anxiety and trauma-related symptoms, as well as providing caregiver support. I value innovative delivery designs that promote strengths and values while incorporating humor and playfulness.
What is the most fulfilling part of your work?
The most fulfilling part of my work is definitely learning from all my clients and getting to be a part of their story. The human experience is filled with so many challenges, yet so much beauty. It is incredibly rewarding to be in the process together.
What advice would you give others who are considering embarking on a career in medicine?
It will be a continuous journey that is not always linear, and that is part of what makes it so exciting! Constant learning is on your horizon. I love a dialectical statement: Throughout your career, you may feel totally exhausted and energized at the same time. Trust the process and remember why you began!
Aggy Barnowski, MA, MS
Women in Medicine
We asked some of the #StanfordWIM in our department to share their stories - why they pursued a career in medicine, what their work focuses on, what the most fulfilling parts of their work are, and what advice they would give others starting in the field. Hear what they have to say!