Career Disruptions Among Women in Medicine may 'Reverberate Far Beyond COVID-19'

Written by: Maria Marabito
Published on: May 31, 2022

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The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted progress toward gender equity in medicine that may resonate for years to come, according to experts.

One area of widening gender inequity is research publications. A new study showed that women submitted fewer research manuscripts to Annals of Family Medicine during the pandemic than men, despite an overall increase in volume of submissions.

“During COVID-19, when many had to shift from in-person to remote work, women were taking on a lot at home; I wasn’t surprised that they were submitting at a lower rate than their male counterparts,” Katherine M. Wright, MPH, PhD, the director of research and a research assistant professor in the department of family and community medicine in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, told Healio.

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