From Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine:

Forging a Pathway of Success in Medicine & STEM – Part 3

KPSOM Women Leaders Share Career Influences and Advice during Women’s History Month

March 16, 2022

In celebration of Women’s History Month, KPSOM is highlighting varied women leaders and physicians working in medicine and STEM-related professions throughout the month. Each woman profiled has forged their own path to a career in medicine and/or STEM. Here, we gather more insight on their personal and professional journeys, influences, and key advice for women and girls interested in medicine and STEM-related professions. In part 3 of our series, we spotlight Carla Lupi, MD, FACOG, KPSOM Associate Dean for Assessment and Evaluation.

What made you want to become a doctor or enter the field of medicine?

To help people and … to empower women.

Was there a specific person(s) who inspired you to go into a STEM-related industry or to medical school? Was there a specific event that was the catalyst to pursuing a career in medicine or STEM? If so, can you tell me a bit about that?

The people in the community I grew up in were for the most part, not college-educated, women or men. I read biographies voraciously as a kid - and gravitated to those about women. Marie Curie was one of my favorites, so I would say she was my primary "STEM" role model growing up. (My science and math teachers were all men.) It wasn't until college when I had a few women teaching assistants in science courses, and then finally medical school where there were a small handful of women attendings. And a well-known epidemiologist, Dr. Ernster, sparked my love of clinical epidemiology and mentored me on a research project. 

Women make up less than 30% of the workforce in STEM. What advice would you share with young women and girls interested in building a career in this area?

At least in medicine, the situation for [the] representation of women is better. However, it's still more difficult for women to make it to higher levels. Persistence is key [as well as] believing in yourself and finding mentors. 

What is your personal mission as a physician or a leader in medicine?

To empower women, and to graduate people from medical school who will empower their own patients.