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  • Become active in organized medicine to impact change

    • Aug 17, 2020
    • Kathy Tynus

    If you’re like me, you’re probably frustrated by the dysfunction in our health care system. This pandemic magnifies and brings into focus how leadership has failed to enact health care policy that serves us, our colleagues, and our patients — particularly those who are most vulnerable.

  • Advance the mission of your women’s leadership committee

    • Aug 17, 2020
    • Sheila A. Dugan

    Women’s leadership groups are key to cultivating female leaders in our profession. But, what if your group could also serve a vital role in promoting women’s equity efforts and participate as a strategic partner to your institutional leadership?

  • Why women physicians need to be involved in politics

    • Aug 17, 2020
    • Joanna Turner Bisgrove

    We’re at an interesting point in American history. One hundred years after women finally won the right to vote, there are 126 women in Congress, 90 in statewide offices (including nine governors), and 2,152 female state legislators. And come January 2021, we could have our very first female vice president.

  • Support women medical professionals by teaching advocacy skills

    • Aug 17, 2020
    • Isobel Marks

    Being young and female is often not a powerful combination. A young woman will frequently have her authority questioned and will struggle to be heard. What’s more, the undertone of comments can do extreme damage to self-esteem, goals, and ambitions.

  • Create community by starting a Women in Medicine and Science group

    • Aug 17, 2020
    • Vidhya Prakash and Najwa Pervin

    The menu was simple: French toast, quiche, and fresh fruit. The small group of women faculty and residents were at the home of Vidhya Prakash, an Infectious Diseases physician at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine and they didn’t know what to expect.

  • Black women making strides and striving for more

    • Aug 17, 2020
    • Niva Lubin-Johnson

    As the 119th President of the National Medical Association (NMA), I am the thirteenth woman to hold this position in the organization’s 124-year history. Also, I’ve been the third woman to hold this position in four years. NMA was founded because African American physicians were not allowed to join the AMA. We are the collective force for African American physicians for parity, justice and medicine.

  • Engage men as allies to create gender equity in health care

    • Aug 17, 2020
    • David G. Smith and W. Brad Johnson

    Women are at a disadvantage in the workplace. They deal with unequal pay, sexual harassment, lack of credit for their contributions, and more. And while organizations are looking to address these issues, too many gender-inclusion initiatives focus exclusively on how women should respond, leaving men out of the equation. Such efforts reinforce the perception that these are women's issues and that men — often occupying crucial leadership roles in most organizations — don’t need to be involved.

  • Overcoming gender and affinity biases in the medical profession

    • Aug 17, 2020
    • Andie Kramer and Al Harris

    The medical profession is predominately led by men and operates in accordance with masculine norms, values, and expectations. As a result, although half of all U.S. medical school students are women, only 16% of deans, 18% of department chairs, and 25% of full professors in those schools are women (Paturel, 2019). Women are only 18% of hospital CEOs, 10% of senior authors on peer-reviewed medical papers, and 7% of editors-in-chief at prestigious medical journals (Mangurian, et al, 2018).

  • Contributors

    • Aug 17, 2020

  • Implicit bias in medicine: Individual-level interventions may disempower vs. empower

    • Aug 17, 2020
    • Cheryl Pritlove and Elizabeth Métraux

    For more than two decades, institutions seeking to address gender and other inequities have used the concept of implicit bias (IB) and implicit association testing (IAT) to welcome more diversity in their ranks (FitzGerald, et al, 2019).

  • Find your leadership style, communicate it well

    • Aug 17, 2020
    • Karen J. Nichols

    “I’m the doctor, of course I’m the leader!“ Who hasn’t heard that comment — or even thought it personally? The truth is we all have a leadership style even if we’ve never thought about it.

  • Hack your brain to let the leader in you emerge

    • Aug 17, 2020
    • Alison Escalante

    Efforts to promote gender equity in medicine focus on training women in leadership and assertiveness skills. Once that inspiring conference ends and women return to the workplace, many of them experience a stress response and feel too uncomfortable to use the techniques they’ve learned.

  • Cultivating intentional success: 5 key steppingstones

    • Aug 17, 2020
    • Stacy Wood

    Have you ever hungered for success? The best type of success, the kind that is based on intention and the process of working toward goals that you define for yourself, is usually enjoyed by women who have embraced certain skills.

  • Build leadership capacity from within

    • Aug 17, 2020
    • Linda Ginzel

    Given that I’ve worked as a business school professor teaching executives for the last 30 years, one might suppose I could make a list of qualities all leaders should demonstrate.

  • Adapt leadership program format, content to address needs during COVID-19 pandemic

    • Aug 17, 2020
    • Nancy D. Spector

    What happens when an unprecedented global crisis impacts not only the delivery of a program such as Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM®), but also potentially exacerbates the already vast gender disparities in medicine?

  • Perfect prescription for inequity: The intersection of COVID-19 and the U.S. health care system

    • Aug 17, 2020
    • Darilyn V. Moyer

    The COVID-19 pandemic is a perfect prescription for exacerbation of current, and creation of new, inequities in our health care system. When we get to the other side, the pandemic will leave unprecedented devastation in its wake, including a disproportionate toll on the aged, those with preexisting conditions, minorities, the poor, the incarcerated, essential workers, healthcare workers, and Native American populations.

  • Acknowledgements

    • Aug 17, 2020

  • Preface

    • Aug 17, 2020
    • Shikha Jain, MD, FACP

    It is a strange time to be in medicine, and an even stranger time to be a woman in medicine. Our nation has been thrown into a pandemic for which we were unprepared where the majority of frontline essential workers are women.

  • Mission statement of the Women in Medicine Summit

    • Aug 17, 2020

    Barriers have existed for female physicians since the first woman was accepted into medical school. In 2016, nearly 46% of medical school graduates were women, yet women physicians remain underrepresented in leadership roles, both in and out of academia.

  • Women in Medicine Compendium

    • Aug 17, 2020

    In this compendium are pieces written by invited faculty speakers from the 2019 and 2020 WIMS. These thought leaders share their expertise on the evolution of empowerment that has occurred in medicine, and ways to achieve equity in healthcare utilizing evidence, science, and authentic leadership.