We’re continuing our monthly HCP Spotlight program to highlight some of our amazing crowd members. This month’s HCP spotlight is Sasha K. Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE, a tenured Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). She is a board-certified cardiac anesthesiologist and holds national leadership positions in several health care organizations. Sasha is an author of Between Grit and Grace, a gender equity researcher, and a TEDx speaker. She is the founder and CEO of Brave Enough, a company that empowers thousands of women. Her proudest role is being mother to her four amazing children and her favorite time is spent on the sideline of many basketball, soccer and dance events cheering on her squad.
Q: What made you go into your selected medical profession?
A: I chose anesthesiology after being part of a surgical mission to Haiti during medical school. I went to assist with surgery but ended up totally enthralled with the different types of anesthesia. Then I experienced the cardiac OR in my residency and loved doing advanced transesophageal echocardiography and taking care of critically ill heart patients.
Q: What was the catalyst for starting Brave Enough?
A: I started Brave Enough with the simple mission to empower women to invest in themselves. I spent several years in my early career isolated as a woman in medicine, and I needed encouragement to take care of my health and embrace my own leadership as a woman. Brave Enough provides a community to encourage women to be leaders – as women.
Q: What is something you wish you could tell all female physicians who are starting their careers?
A: There will be challenges and obstructions. Find a few strong women who will support you and stand by you, and do not be afraid to lead in your own authentic way. A career in medicine is a marathon, not a sprint. You need good teammates to cheer you on.
Q: What would your advice be to those seeking feedback from physicians at this time?
A: I would encourage everyone to show themselves self compassion. We are in challenging times, and most of us are facing serious changes in our daily jobs and life. Give grace to yourself and others on your team.
Q: Do you think the US is prepared to handle a second COVID-19 outbreak later this year?
A; I would hope that we would be more prepared for a second outbreak should one occur. As long as we allow physicians and scientists to lead and direct initiatives and responses, we are in good hands.
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