Women in Medicine Spotlight | PCOM's Autumn Dye, DO
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Women in Medicine Month 
Autumn Dye, DO

September 15, 2022

This September, PCOM joins the American Medical Association to celebrate Women in Medicine month. This important celebration honors physicians who have offered their time, wisdom and support to advance women with careers in medicine. At PCOM, we recognize our women physicians who serve as faculty members and role models for our students.

Headshot photo of PCOM faculty member Autumn Dye, DO, as she shares about women in medicineThis year, Autumn, Dye, DO, assistant professor, family medicine, shares more about her journey to medicine and advice for future women physicians.

Who/what encouraged you to pursue a career in medicine?

I have always loved children and loved working with children. I felt called to this profession. My parents encouraged me to do what I love to do; they were a huge support in my journey.

Why is it important for women to be in medicine?

Women offer a unique perspective on medicine. The obvious is that about fifty percent of patients are women, so having someone who has our unique characteristics can help to understand menstrual cycles, pregnancy, hormonal changes and other medical issues. The other reason is women are by nature very nurturing and can offer that to our patients and families.

How are you creating change as a woman in medicine?

One of my goals as a professor at PCOM and as a pediatrician is to be a role model for women on how to succeed in medicine and balance that with our professional lives. Women do it all! We, realistically, have to balance our family life and our careers. This is helping medicine to change for the positive; for example, better work hours, more understanding for calling out sick and space to take time off for pregnancy and maternity leave.

What has your experience been like being a woman in medicine at PCOM?

I started in the spring of 2022 and so far, I have loved my time at PCOM. I have been supported as a woman physician from the day I arrived.

What advice would you give to a young woman interested in becoming a physician?

My advice to a young woman interested in being a physician is to pursue what you love, and you will make it work! You can have a career and a family. You can forge your path. If you love being a physician, you can make it through the hard times and find a very rewarding career. I love being a pediatrician. I love children, and that passion for children's health drives me. I love teaching students, and coming to work every day to teach them drives me.

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