Much has changed since Hannah Valantine, MD, assumed the post of senior associate dean for diversity and leadership of the medical school in 2005. An article from The Hospitalist today highlights the work she has done here, including her efforts to improve the environment and boost the leadership numbers for female physicians:
With structural elements such as tenure clock extension, extended maternity and family leave, onsite childcare, early stage research funding support, and mentoring in place, Dr. Valantine is turning her attention to the next round of interventions, which focus more on psychological and social factors impairing women’s advancement.
She will use a National Institutes of Health grant to develop interventions for the phenomenon of stereotype threat, which is the fear that one’s behavior will confirm an existing stereotype about one’s social group. This fear may lead to an impairment of performance.
The piece also discusses her plan to conduct pilot programs involving “map career customization, a model that encourages people to chart their career over the next 5 to 10 to 20 years, taking into consideration their life outside of work.”