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Medicine Has Its Own #MeToo Problems. Can Time’s Up Healthcare Fix It?

When sexual harassment happens in medicine, it can be life or death.

“It feels even more imperative because lives are at stake, and yet we [the medical field] are less interested,” says Esther Choo, an associate professor in the Center for Policy & Research in Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Science and one of the driving forces behind Time’s Up Healthcare, a new division of the anti-sexual harassment and discrimination organization that’s launching Thursday.

Time’s Up, founded in 2018 by women in entertainment and since expanded to tech and advertising, has made its way to the health care industry with many of the same concerns: safe and dignified work for all workers in the industry, protection from harassment and retaliation, and equitable compensation for women and men at every level.