Everyday Oral Surgery: Surgeons Talking Shop

Dr. Jaclyn Tomsic: Obstacles Facing Women In Surgery and Advice on How to Overcome Them

September 23, 2021 Grant Stucki - oral and maxillofacial surgeon Episode 73
Everyday Oral Surgery: Surgeons Talking Shop
Dr. Jaclyn Tomsic: Obstacles Facing Women In Surgery and Advice on How to Overcome Them
Show Notes

The oral surgery profession is heavily dominated by men, and therefore, being a woman in this field can be difficult. In today’s episode, we’re joined by Dr. Jaclyn Tomsic, an oral surgeon who didn’t let any of the hostility she experienced as a resident stop her from achieving her dreams. Today, Jaclyn works four days a week in private practice, and one day a week in the Case Western OMS program where she tries to give to residents what she wishes she had had when she was in their position. Jaclyn also has a large following on Instagram, and the goals she hopes to achieve through this platform are an increased visibility of the oral surgery profession and an increase in the number of women working in this field. For female listeners, this episode will inspire you to continue on the oral surgery path, even though it may be difficult at times. And for male listeners, this episode will open your eyes to the experiences of your female colleagues, and get you to rethink some misconceptions you may hold. 


Key Points From This Episode:

  • How Jaclyn spends her working hours.
  • Jacyln’s educational background. 
  • Why Jaclyn was drawn to the practice she now works in. 
  • Enjoyment that Jaclyn gets out of working with residents. 
  • The growth and evolution of Jacyln’s very popular Instagram account, and what she hopes to achieve through it.
  • Factors that inspired Jaclyn’s decision to go the oral surgery route.
  • Challenges that Jaclyn experienced as a female oral surgery resident. 
  • Drive and determination that got Jaclyn through the hostility she experienced in residency. 
  • Jaclyn’s hopes for the future of the oral surgery field. 
  • How Jaclyn’s experience as a resident in general medicine differed from her oral surgery residency experience.
  • Obstacles that women face in the field of oral surgery. 
  • Misconceptions that people have of female oral surgeons. 
  • Advice from Jaclyn about how to deal with people who try to put you down.
  • What Jaclyn wishes she had done differently as a resident.  
  • The high attrition rate of students during my residency, and the reasons that oral surgery residents drop out. 
  • Why oral surgery residency is so tough.
  • Value in having a balance between private practice and academia as an oral surgeon. 
  • A rapid-fire round with Jaclyn. 


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Dr. Jaclyn Tomsic on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/doctorjacci/?hl=en

Dr. Jaclyn Tomsic Email — 

Dr. Grant Stucki Email — [email protected]

Dr. Grant Stucki Phone — 720 441 6059