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Women in Medicine: Leah Hotchkiss, 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 pursuing a career in psychology in an effort to bring psychological care into women's healthcare settings.

What is your work focused on?

My work is focused on preventing postpartum PTSD, depression and anxiety in parents with medically fragile children/traumatic birth experiences. I also provide psychological care around LGBTQ issues and hope to continue to integrate gender-affirming care into reproductive health settings going forward.

What is the most fulfilling part of your work?

The most fulfilling part of my work is using a feminist perspective to help my patient's normalize and move past the shame that often comes from the lack of education about typical physical, emotional, and sexual experiences for women and queer people.

What advice would you give others who are considering embarking on a career in medicine?

Taking care of yourself is the most powerful tool in being able to care for others.

Leah Hotchkiss, 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!