This Hawaii-based doctor has gone viral after sharing powerful images of her saving a man’s life while in her bikini.
Dr. Candice Myhre is just one of thousands of women working in medicine, who have started taking to social media in bikinis to protest a study titled, ‘Prevalence of unprofessional social media content among young vascular surgeons’, which claims posing in a bikini is inappropriate for a medical professional.
In a powerful Instagram post on Saturday, Candice demonstrated that in some circumstances, the two can even be interchangeable.
“Dr Bikini will save your life in the middle of the Ocean when you get hit by a boat,” she wrote.
“I will take you out of the ocean on a surfboard turned into a backboard, tie off your exsanguinating wound with my rash guard, take you to my under equipped urgent care, stabilize you in 1 hour with an IV, oxygen, morphine, fluids, Foley, and put your open femur fracture in Bucks traction, fly you by helicopter to a local hospital, order and interpret all the labs, xrays, CT scans, suture/staple all your wounds, splint your clavicle/ humerus and scapula fractures, sedate you, put a chest tube in your 5 rib fractured hemopneumothorax and fly you by jet to a specialty hospital in another country....all in my you guessed it [bikini].”
The Emergency Medicine Physician, practicing in Kalaheo, Hawaii, explained that she was posting in solidarity with female vascular surgeons by proclaiming that “Female doctors can wear whatever they want.”
“Female doctors, nurses, NPs/PAs, all healthcare professionals - we can wear a bikini, a dress, or we can wear scrubs. This does not change how good we are at being a healthcare provider. We can wear WHATEVER we want on our free time, and still save your life,” she contined.
“Sexism in medicine is alive and well. But we won’t let that stop us.”
The study, conducted from 2016 to 2018 and published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery in late 2019, sought to “evaluate the extent of unprofessional social media content among recent vascular surgery fellows and residents.”
There it was deemed that bikinis and swimwear are an example of the “inappropriate attire” and “potentially unprofessional content” that appears on the public social media profiles of young people in the industry.
But since last week the hashtag #medbikini has been trending with countless medical professionals setting out to prove the study wrong with side-by-side photos of themselves in their bathing suits and their white coats.
The self-proclaimed “Dr. Bikini” posted again on Tuesday morning to share more about why she’s decided to open up about her work and share her experiences, while thanking her followers for the support.
“I chose to speak up for a cause that I believe in after having experienced so much sexism in medicine; starting in medical school & throughout my 20 years working in Emergency Medicine,” she wrote.
“But, this is not about me. This is about the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of sexes. This is about showing support for marginalized voices and fighting for equality. We are all speaking up for the unequal treatment of women in medicine.”
Additional reporting by Kerry Justich.