Author: Nicole Van Groningen, MD

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

New York University

Nicole Van Groningen earned her MD from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and is now a third-year resident in internal medicine at NYU. She has an interest in value-based care and is one of two national recipients of the ACP/ABIM Choosing Wisely High Value Care In Action Fellowship, through which she is working to decrease overuse in the preoperative setting. She is also passionate about medical innovation, and writes about the why and what of innovation at

Female Leaders in Medicine: It’s Lonely at the Top

I recently recreated a now-famous business school study on a subset of residents in my internal medicine residency program. In the original study, researchers asked students to read a case of the real-life venture capitalist Heidi Roizen, who expertly leveraged an extensive professional network to forward her career. Half of the students read the original case; half were given a case in which Heidi’s name was switched to Howard — a fictional male persona.