We sat down with Lynn Campbell, M.D., OB/GYN hospitalist at Eastside Medical Center in the metro Atlanta area. Dr. Campbell was in private practice for 25 years before joining Mednax five years ago, where she currently leads the group as practice medical director. Additionally, Dr. Campbell serves in a national implementation role where she helps launch OB/GYN hospitalist programs at facilities across the country.
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Did a woman inspire you to pursue a career in medicine?
Yes. My mother inspired me very much, although she was not a physician or even in the life sciences. She was a mathematician and academician and very much inspired me with her work ethic and focus on academics. She was a tremendous influence for me.
What are some of the positives?
We bring a degree of empathy that is often not associated with medical caregivers, and that is a huge benefit in obstetrics and gynecology because we have experienced some of the life issues our patients have experienced.
What advice do you have for women?
My biggest piece of advice would be to not be so hard on yourself. It is a challenging profession, and to add your familial responsibilities to that is a big ask. We don’t have to be perfect in those areas of our life. We have to be as perfect as we can in medicine, although not possible to be completely perfect, but the demand is so high in the profession that using a reasonable degree of expectation in your life beyond medicine is a very important thing to keep in mind.
How can women physicians best support fellow women physicians?
By taking leadership positions as often as you feel you can and add that to your responsibility is a very important way to promote other women and uplift them. We have fewer women leaders in the hospital setting, in the corporate setting and in all aspects of our lives. Although, in my particular profession in obstetrics and gynecology, women have taken a pretty high percentage of the general jobs but not as much in leadership positions as I would like to see.