Women in Academic Medicine Underrepresented

Fewer women reach leadership positions than men in academic medicine, according to a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

As seen in American Medical News, the average medical school has 43 female full professors compared with 192 male, according to lead study author Linda Pololi, MD, despite the fact that women have made up about 50 percent of medical school students for the past decade.

Researchers surveyed over 4,500 full-time faculty members at 26 medical schools across the country. Women reported a lower sense of belonging or support, and a higher level of pessimism about gender equality or their advancement opportunities in relation to men’s.

Only 38 of 534 full and intern deans appointed between 1980 and 2006 were women, according to research led by Page Morahan, PhD.


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