The Underrepresentation of Women Physicians Among Recognition Award Recipients From Medical Specialty Societies.
This article looks at the underrepresentation of female physicians compared with their presence in the specific field across a variety of fields. In other words, they compared the percent of women receiving awards to the percent of women practicing in that specific specialty. They included dermatology, neurology, orthapedics, otolaryngoloty, PM&R, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, physiatry and anesthesiology in the study.
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Time Spent On Professional Activities and Unwaged Domestic Work
The authors of this study look at the time spent on work and domestic duties for male and female primary care physicians with children at home to see if there were differences. They found that men were more likely to have a spouse that was employed part-time or not at all, whereas women were more likely to have a spouse that was employed full-time. They also found that women with children spent significantly more time performing domestic duties each week.
An article was published in 2016, titled "But You Don’t Look Like A Scientist!: Women Scientists with Feminine Appearance are Deemed Less Likely to be Scientists." Many of us already inherently know this to be true from our experiences. In medicine, young female physicians are assumed to be nurses. Why is that?
What's Holding Women in Medicine Back from Leadership
The article from the Harvard Business Review, titled, What's Holding Women in Medicine Back from Leadership, looks at gender disparities in positions of leadership in medicine. For example, "women account for only 18% of hospital CEOs and 16% of all deans and department chairs in the U.S."
Finding mentors can be hard! I love the suggestion of created a BOARD OF DIRECTORS or MASTERMIND GROUP shared by Harvard Business Review in their article titled, Your Career Needs Many Mentors, Not Just One.
Competency-Based Student Self-Assessment on a Surgery Rotation
This study looked at medical students self-assessment during their surgery clerkship and then looked at the faculty evaluation of the students. They found that female students significantly underestimated their midclerkship performance compared with male students on a surgery rotation. They also found that the male students over-estimated their performance, however this did not reach significance.
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Want to learn more about mentorship, coaching, and sponsorship? We recommend this fantastic article by Vineet Chopra, MD, Vineet M. Arora, MD,and Sanjay Saint, MD entitled "Will you be my mentor?- Four Archetypes to Help Mentees Succeed in Academic Medicine?"
The authors discuss the 4 types of supporters you can (and should have) to help advance your career!
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Is Rampant Inside America’s
This article discusses the idea of pregnancy discrimination, or pregnancy resulting in women getting "knocked off the professional ladder." This article is NOT specific to medicine. The authors argue that pregnancy discrimination remains widespread in businesses across our country, and can start as soon as a woman is showing and last through her early years as a mother.
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Women More Likely to Survive Heart Attack if ER Physician is Female
There was a recent article that was published on female physicians and the management of heart attacks in women. This research has been all over the news and social media recently, and I think its worth a discussion. Headlines are stating, "Women more likely to survive if treated by female doctors"and "Women more likely to survive heart attack if ER physician is female."
This article, published in JAMA, looks at the use of social media as virtual communities in which female physicians can share in struggles, provide additional coping mechanisms and bring light to the unique issues that they face as #womeninmedicine.