Women in Medicine: Adeline (Addie) Bortz, PsyD
During September, we proudly feature trainees in our department for Women in Medicine Month!
Why did you pursue a career in medicine?
I have always been innately curious about the human condition. Psychology has afforded me the opportunity to think critically about others' mental and physical experiences, and the knowledge to intervene in a meaningful way.
What is your work focused on?
As a pediatric psychology postdoc, I provide psychological treatment and assessment to youth with medical illness in both inpatient and outpatient medical settings. I provide interventions for presenting concerns including medical trauma, treatment adherence issues, difficulty coping with medical illness, pain, and end-of-life concerns. I also have a special interest in gender-affirmative care for gender-expansive youth and their families.
What is the most fulfilling part of your work?
I feel privileged to have the opportunity to understand individual lived experiences; it is a gift to be trusted by others as they are in their most vulnerable states.
What advice would you give others who are considering embarking on a career in medicine?
Take risks! Our field is brimming with mentors and colleagues who will support you in forging your career path and creating opportunities where they may not already exist.
Adeline (Addie) Bortz, PsyD
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!