We are Women’s offers the WCH community a chance to get to know each other and share our stories.
Name: Amanda Selk
Title & Department: Obstetrician Gynecologist – Department of Gynecology
On the WCH team for: Staff Physician for 13 years, at WCH for 19 years
1. What does your typical workday look like?
My days at Women’s College involve colposcopy, which is a procedure to find and treat precancerous lesions of the cervix, vulva and vagina. I also have an unusual subspecialty which is a cross between gynecology and dermatology, and I often spend all day diagnosing and treating vulvar dermatologic conditions. Many skin conditions that occur elsewhere on the body can occur in the genital area and many of these conditions cause major quality of life issues for women. Some also have a risk of cancer and some cause a lot of vulvar scarring. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of education and training in this area in the world so there aren’t a lot of experts so those clinics are very busy with long wait lists.
2. What excites you the most about working at WCH?
Women’s College has the most amazing history and continues to make history. It’s very meaningful to work at a hospital that was opened to provide a place for women physicians to work when no one else would. Women’s College has always advocated for women and women’s health and they have been pioneers and innovators leading to better care for women. I’m a fierce advocate for women’s health, and I feel Women’s is a hospital that also feels that way.
3. How does your work contribute to creating a positive patient experience?
At Women’s I’m doing two main things: 1) I’m helping to prevent cancer and 2) I’m diagnosing and treating conditions that have often led to major quality of life issues for months to years. I listen to my patients and teach them about their conditions and how to manage them so they are empowered with knowledge. I have a podcast called “The Vulva Diaries” that I created to teach other doctors about vulvar conditions, and many patients tell me they also learned so much about their conditions from listening to the episodes.
4. Tell us one to three things that your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you!
- I’m a former Ontario Varsity Figure Skating Champion in Ice Dance, and I got my national coaching certification in skating before I went to medical school.
- My undergraduate degree was in Evolutionary Biology and History which is not a typical pre-med degree.