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One physician’s take on the lack of female doctors in leadership roles

One physician's take on the lack of female doctors in leadership roles

In case you haven’t been over to Well today, writer-physician Danielle Ofri sounds off there on the dearth of women in the upper ranks of medicine. Of her own experience at New York University School of Medicine, she writes:

It was at [a] party that I noticed that of all the women who worked in that suite of 30-odd offices, I was the only physician; every other woman was administrative. As I mentally surveyed the men who had offices in the suite, all but one were doctors, and all were in the upper echelons of the department.

We certainly had plenty of female doctors on the faculty, but it was striking to me that in the main suite of the department, the gender lines were stark. The men were senior faculty members, and the women, other than me, were administrative.

Our department has come a long way in the past 10 years… There are more female doctors in the office suite now, some of whom are division chiefs. There are female physicians directing the clinics and the residency programs. But on a national level — as reflected in this recent article — most women feel that they aren’t in the inner circles and, more concerning, feel that they aren’t likely to ever get there.

Previously: What’s holding women in the sciences back?, Assuming “doctor” means “man”Addressing women leadership issues at the medical school, Hannah Valantine: Leading the way in diversifying medicine and Advancing the careers of women in academic medicine

 

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