Women in Medicine

  • Discussions about compensation, particularly when they are focused on disparities for women and other people who identify with one or more underrepresented groups, often elicit strong emotions from those involved.
  • 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.
  • “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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • At the 2019 Women in Medicine (WIM) Summit held in Chicago, I delivered a breakout session encouraging women physicians to expand their leadership skills by actively participating in professional organizations that may not be traditional to their respective areas of specialty. The goal of my pres...
  • 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 ...
  • Nearly 40% of female physicians cut back clinically or leave medicine entirely within their first five years of finishing training (Paturel, 2019). This statistic is staggering and poses real policy issues when considering the worsening physician shortage, particularly now that women comprise a l...
  • Those who are mentored outperform and out earn those who are not (Eby, et al, 2008). They get promoted more often and report lower burnout rates. However, having just one mentor is limiting. Having a team of mentors puts you in charge of your future.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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 jo...
  • 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 wome...
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The challenges female surgeons experience with using surgical instruments that have historically been designed for use by male surgeons with taller, stronger physiques — and often larger-sized hands — have been well documented (Sutton, et al, 2014).