Jamie Jones Coleman is a trauma surgeon in the US. As she puts it, most of what she does is “fixing holes in people”. But that comes no way near explaining the complexity, skill and adrenaline of her job. When her bleeper goes and it’s all hands on deck to save a life. If that’s not enough, Jamie juggles this with being a wife, a mother to two boys, an international public speaker, and a writer. Her blog has a readership of over 2 million, and she has contributed to the HuffPost and US News. She is open on the challenges a female surgeon faces, the joys and challenges of motherhood, and how writing allows her to bring a more creative aspect to her work.
This podcast look back to Jamie’s upbringing and how her grandmother and other women in her family shaped her education and her goals. She describes why she enjoys the practical challenge of surgery, and being a “glorified plumber” as she calls herself. Jamie also talks about being a mother and a surgeon, and the struggle of the juggle! Also, why she thinks being a mother makes her a better surgeon.
Jamie discusses why the media’s pitching of women with children and those without as against one another is potentially harmful. Also, why defining women as a stay-at-home-mother, or a working mother, or a childless woman is so unhelpful. She discusses the importance of women supporting other women in work and beyond.
Related: read our interview with Cat the Vet on juggling parenthood and a veterinary career.
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