A bikini-clad doctor has revealed sexism is rife in the medical industry in a poignant Facebook post a week after photos emerged of her treating a patient while wearing a swimsuit.
In protest to a 2019 study that claimed female doctors who posted pictures of themselves in bikinis were “unprofessional”, Doctor Candice Myhre shared photos of her saving a man’s life all while wearing a bikini.
She has now posted on Facebook a tribute to her father, a well-respected heart surgeon, and noted how he could wear a Speedo and still be successful.
“My dad was a self-proclaimed feminist and humanitarian,” she wrote.
“As a surgical resident, he spoke out against the unethical removal of healthy uteruses in the elderly. He had a 50-year career as a heart surgeon until he was 80 and diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. As an attending doctor he gave his time freely to teach medical students.”
Dr Myhre, who lives in the US state of Hawaii, went on to speak of her father’s successes while also sharing a powerful message about what people could learn from her dad’s character.
“In my dad’s hazel eyes you were judged by who you are as a person: morals and ethics NOT gender, sexual preference, race, culture, religion, politics, or social class,” she said.
“He SAVED LIVES on the operating table as a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, he stitched me up as a kid and himself up without anaesthetic AND he wore a Speedo.
“I admired him and strove to his excellence.
“He was a Renaissance man and my mankini hero.”
Dr Myhre’s Facebook post comes after she wrote a powerful message alongside the pictures of her treating a patient while wearing a bikini on Instagram last month in response to the study: Prevalence of unprofessional social media content among young vascular surgeons.
“I am an Emergency Medicine Physician standing in solidarity with female vascular surgeons today. NEWSFLASH: FEMALE DOCTORS CAN WEAR WHATEVER THEY WANT,” she said.
“Female doctors, nurses .... all healthcare professionals – we can wear a bikini, a dress, or we can wear scrubs. This does not change how good we are at being a healthcare provider. We can wear WHATEVER we want on our free time, and still save your life.”
She said sexism in the medical industry was “alive and well” and the study only pointed to female doctors in bikinis, not male physicians in bathing suits. The study also called out female doctor’s who wore “inappropriate” Halloween costumes.
Dr Myhre said her well-respected father would not approve of such a study, and urged women in medicine to post their favourite picture of them wearing a bikini, halloween costume or dress.
“We have to drown out the sexism in medicine and keep it moving. It’s 2020 people. Sexism is cancelled.”
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