Caroline “Carrie” Kaufman, MD

Dr. Caroline “Carrie” KaufmanWhy did I become a doctor? Good question! I think it all started when my mom showed me her 1976 edition of Our Bodies Ourselves. This book encouraged women to take control of their healthcare decisions as well as to understand how their own bodies worked. I was hooked!

There were no doctors in my family, so I did not have that sort of role modelling in my decision to become a doctor, but I feel like my parents influenced me in my approach to becoming and being a physician. They worked hard at and were committed to raising their family in a loving and supportive environment, which is an attitude and focus that I hope to carry on with my life and work.

When I was in college I took a course that was called ‘Women in Medicine’. The course compared various types of interactions that women had with the medical community. This was my awakening to the systemic inequalities pervasive in the medical field and this is what spurred me to pursue my own education in medicine. I am a staunch feminist and I am also a humanist. I became a doctor so that I could help to empower all people through information.

I truly believe that information is power! How does this affect my relationships with patients? I think it’s important to take my time and get to know each patient; to explain and discuss all aspects of their care so that they can make decisions that are right for them.

If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be an astronaut, or a sculptor!

Actually, I truly don’t know what I’d be doing if I weren’t a physician! I had several different types of jobs before going to medical school and didn’t really love any of them. Once I embarked on this career path I felt so sure that obstetrics and gynecology was my calling that I have never really considered another career. But when I was young I used to think about being a sculptor or an astronaut so I’ll go with that!

Likes: music, checking out new restaurants, travel, time with family, being active.

Dislikes: Discrimination, injustice, alarmists.