WOMEN IN BIOMEDICAL CAREERS
Female Physicians and the Future of Endocrinology, by WE member Elaine M. Pelley, M.D. Endocrinology is predicted to become a female-dominated subspecialty of internal medicine. Although professional satisfaction should remain stable, increased issues with work-life balance and burnout are likely. The combined effects of occupational gender segregation and a gender pay gap are predicted to negatively impact salaries of endocrinologists of both genders. The underrepresentation of women in academic leadership may mean a lesser voice for endocrinology in this arena. Finally, gender biases evident in patient satisfaction measures–commonly used as proxies for quality of care–may disproportionately impact endocrinology. The specialty of endocrinology should take a lead role in advocating for changes that support the success of female physicians. Read more here.
Gender Disparities in Colloquium Speakers at Top Universities. Women continue to lag behind men in earnings, promotions and representation in leadership positions in most professional fields. Recent studies have shown that there is subtle but different treatment of women vs. men in academia including gender differences in letters of recommendation, teaching evaluation ratings and faculty mentoring. A recent study by Nittrouer et al., 2018 in PNAS also showed that men are more likely than women to be colloquium speakers at top universities by a ratio of 2:1. Since colloquium talks are an important part of an academic career, providing opportunities for self-promotion and collaboration, this study supports the idea that unconscious bias can result in different workplace success for women vs. men. Importantly, this study also demonstrated that the presence of women as colloquium chairs and potentially on colloquium committees increased the likelihood of women appearing as speakers, suggesting a workable remedy for this particular bias.
The NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers is a trans-NIH effort to consider barriers for women in science and to develop strategies to promote entry, recruitment, retention, and sustained advancement of women in biomedical or research careers.
The NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers also publishes an online newsletter containing lots of relevant articles highlighting outstanding women scientists and discussing gender disparities in biomedical science.
Dr. Nancy Wayne is a tenured Professor of Physiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In addition to a successful research career, Dr. Wayne created the successful UCLA Women in Science Workshops for professionals, students and trainees, and administrators to help women overcome barriers in their careers. Her website contains a blog that highlights issues concerning the advancement of the careers of women in biomedical science as well as links to relevant articles and websites.
Check out Women Advancing Together® featuring Nancy Wayne here.
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