Will it hurt me to be pregnant on the interview trail?

I will be visibly pregnant while interviewing…. Will this hurt my chances?

Newbie Asked on October 25, 2018 in Medicine [MD / DO].
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I think the important question is… do you want to work at a place that would look down upon your being pregnant?

There are still some places in medicine where pregnant women are seen as a liability….  It’s sad but true. You (usually) won’t hear this spoken about out loud, but it’s a dynamic that exists in many programs.  People worry that if their colleague is pregnant,  they will have to do more work to cover for them.  Another huge factor is that the medical profession is still quire patriarchal, and not “designed” with the needs of women in mind. In some places, there is no way for a woman to take a maternity leave without it severely affecting the workload of her colleagues.

You want to know if a program is like that, up front. If an interviewer dares ask you about your pregnancy in a way that is anything but positive, cross them off your list.  I don’t care how much you love the program otherwise. That kind of thing is a serious tell about the wider culture of the program…

Being pregnant is a beautiful thing. And building a family is a healthy pursuit that should be encouraged by employers. Life is too short to work somewhere that thinks otherwise.

Guru Answered on November 16, 2018.
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