Dr. Candice Myhre was out surfing in one of the beaches at her hometown in Hawaii when she saw a swimmer get hit by a boat nearby.
She rushed to save the man’s life. Seeing that he was injured and drowning, with no one else nearby, the doctor dove to spot and pulled the swimmer to her surfboard. She tied him to the surfboard before pulling him to shore.
Then, without enough medical equipment on hand, Dr. Myhre cut her own rash guard to cover his wound, helping stop it from bleeding. She also kept him in stable condition for an hour before the rescue helicopter arrived to bring him to the nearest hospital.
Thanks to her quick action, the man survived. Due to the nature of the accident, the doctor was still in her bikini while treating the man, yet that did not matter to her as she rushed to save his life.
But the doctor got angry after a publication called out doctors like her who wore ‘unprofessional attire’ that the authors’ believe is unbecoming of a medical officer.
The controversial study published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery’s August 2020 edition claims that ‘inappropriate attire’ such as bikinis and fancy dress is ‘potentially unprofessional content’. Therefore, such should not be shared on social media by those who worked in the field of medicine.
Angered by the study, Dr. Myhre explained that doctors, especially female doctors, should not be dictated over what attire is appropriate or not, because such outfits don’t hamper their work.
Moreover, the study appears to slam doctors who wear bikini while having their vacation at the beach. This led many doctors to support the #Medkini challenge where they shared photos of their vacation photos in bikini, arguing that doctors can wear whatever they want!
Plus, Dr. Myhre was especially angry over the study, especially because photos of her treating the man while she’s in a bikini circulated online.
The posts praised her, though being told she’s in an ‘unprofessional attire’ made many netizens angry because she saved the man’s life yet the other doctors in the study could only see her attire, not the kind deed she had done! Tsk. Tsk.
“I am an Emergency Medicine Physician standing in solidarity with female vascular surgeons today. NEWSFLASH: FEMALE DOCTORS CAN WEAR WHATEVER THEY WANT,” Dr. Myhre wrote.
“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!”
Atta girl, Dr. Myhre! We support you…