Jaime Lewis, MD, associate professor of surgery at the UC College of Medicine and a member of the UC Cancer Institute, is leading the way for other women interested in becoming surgeons. Not only is Lewis an excellent role model for her medical students and residents, but she also serves as a career advisor in the UC College of Medicine Office of Student Affairs. There, she guides students who are interested in specializing in surgery.
“I meet with third and fourth-year students who want to go into surgery to help them determine what they need to do to prepare for residency, identify where they may thrive during their residency training, and apply to those residencies successfully,” said Lewis. “I work closely with the specialty advisors to ensure that each student has as much information as possible to help them succeed when they graduate.”
Lewis enjoys educating and supporting the next generation of physicians, especially women. As a surgeon in a male-dominated field, Lewis believes it’s extra important to support aspiring female surgeons.
Sometimes, that support can be found in unexpected places. Lewis recently completed a study on how women in medicine use Twitter to form relationships to support one another, find mentors and develop research collaborations based on her own experiences as a young woman in academic medicine. She’s presenting those findings at the American Association of Medical Colleges annual meeting this summer.
In addition to her roles at UC College of Medicine, Lewis is a surgeon specializing in breast surgery at UC Health, where she is able to support even more women in the Greater Cincinnati community as her patients.
“I really enjoy the fact that when I take care of patients, I take care of them as part of a team. I work closely not only with the patient, but also with our radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, geneticists, nurses, plastic surgeons and organizations in the community to provide overall care to the patient,” said Lewis. “I really like the fact that our patient care is dependent on that whole team. Then we can give a truly patient-centered approach to care.”