Project Management

4 Tips for Women in Healthcare...and All of Us

PMI Pearl City, Hyderabad Chapter

Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP is a physician and currently an independent healthcare IT and project management consultant. She has a postgraduate degree in Pediatrics and Neonatology from the University of Health Sciences, India. Deepa is an advocate of using project management in healthcare and related domains. She has worked extensively in the confluence of clinical medicine, IT and project management domains with hands-on experience in managing projects from conception to closure.

To celebrate Women's History Month and International Women's Day, we asked some of our contributors to reflect on their experiences being a woman in the project management workforce.

I recently sat with a group of women managers, chatting over a cup of coffee. After a gap of two years, we were finally able to grab an opportunity to meet each other.

The women were in their 50s and each had two-plus decades of experience, holding positions of authority in their respective organizations in a variety of domains ranging from financial services, telecommunications, education, information technology and healthcare. They all had an impressive career trajectory blended with a good family life.

The discussion gravitated to the challenges we all faced as we tried to balance our fast-paced careers with our personal lives. We discussed topics such as gender inequality, workplace harassment, the gender pay gap and career advancement. We all shared experiences handling stressful situations and what coping strategies we used.

One of the women, a physician with a busy corporate healthcare center in the downtown area, was asked about the unique challenges she faced. She shared that with patient care as a project, everyone who is working in the field is a project manager.

I know all too well that faced with constant risk to life (for both the patient and staff) and an ever-…


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