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Women in Medicine: Mooyeon Oh-Park

Tuesday, September 18, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: AAP Staff
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Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD is the SVP and Chief Medical Officer at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, and a Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/ Montefiore Health System. Throughout her career, she has authored 50 peer reviewed publications, dozens of book chapters and received 14 teaching awards from three medical schools. Mooyeon has been a member of the AAP since 2001 and is currently the Chair of the AAP’s Program Committee, where she is designing dynamic, stimulating and fun Annual Meetings. Learn more about her career – in her words!

A career in medicine made sense - I had an early exposure from my mother who always volunteered for an organization for the disabled. PM&R is the most ecologically valid medical field. We help our patients do what they love to do in their lives. Now, after 20 years of practice, I am so happy about my choice as post-acute care is highly emphasized.

Over the years, I am most proud of my role as an academician – the students and trainees I’ve trained throughout my career. I enjoy bringing out the highest potential of young physicians and other discipline clinicians to accomplish a common goal. The AAP has been a valuable resource along the way, providing an environment and context where I was able to meet many outstanding physiatrists and staff. I learned so much by interacting with them and had opportunities to create something we can be proud of. As a Chair of Program Committee, I also met so many talented young physiatrists who will make the future of our field.

Being a woman in medicine has its unique challenges. One that stands out to me is the misperception of being less accountable and not being able to take a role with a large responsibility due to personal obligation. Here are my tips for young women pursuing or considering a career in medicine:

  • Stay focused on your goals
  • Be compassionate to others and yourself
  • Have a realistic dream and also an unrealistic dream - there is no charge for your imagination!