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Esther Choo MD MPH @choo_ek
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Overdue post: in recognition of male allies. Cuz sometimes when you’re devoted to calling out gender inequities people take that as an anti-male agenda.
When you’re in a male dominated profession, the system tends makes it hard for women. Individual men - many of them - help you overcome the barriers.
A man took me into his NIH lab at NHLBI and wrote a letter that got me into med school.

Another man took me on as a research mentee in a lab at @YaleMed, continues to support & cheer me on, and is a huge #HeforShe
Two men served as directors of my research fellowship. I 100% would have given up out of sheer self doubt were it not for their encouragement.
A man served as a primary mentor on my NIH career development grant. He agreed to do so before we even met in person. I’ve lost track of the letters of support and connections he has made for me.
A male chair made a huge investment in my research career by hiring me primarily to write grants and encouraged me to pursue leadership roles on both local and national levels.
A male research director supports me in all my pursuits - including the advocacy work that sometimes takes me away from research - and is a sounding board for pretty much every aspect of my life.
My male partner supports my professional life in every way possible, at a level beyond what I could have asked or imagined.
Men serve as sounding boards for all my gender inequity work - challenging me constantly, and making me think harder and speak with more precision and nuance. Some men recognize that it can’t just be women writing and speaking on these topics, and do it themselves.
Male allies here who I only / mostly know through social media work hard to amplify, support, engage in the work to increase equity and inclusion in healthcare.
It’s never been man vs woman for me. My entire career defies that divisive framework. It’s about changing a broken system that makes it harder for women and men to have a safe, respectful, equitable, and productive workplace.
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