Wednesday, June 20, 2012
News for Women Physicians
AMA group advances women physicians issues at annual meeting
More than 100 guests attended the AMA Women Physicians Congress (WPC) caucus and reception June 16. The AMA-WPC Governing Council reviewed its positions on various items of business to come before the AMA House of Delegates that focus on issues of concern to women physicians, medical students and patients. The governing council also discussed the candidates running for open seats on the AMA Board of Trustees.
The AMA-WPC hosted an educational session titled "Negotiation and the gender divide: The power to get what you really want" June 16, which was co-sponsored by the AMA International Medical Graduates Section, the AMA Minority Affairs Section and the AMA Young Physicians Section. Noted author Sara Laschever provided strategies and resources that help both women and men maximize their bargaining power.
The event included informative presentations by Elizabeth Breen, MD, and Heather Paladine, MD, winners of the 2011 Joan F. Giambalvo, MD, Memorial Scholarship.
Also on June 16, the governing council hosted its annual AMA-WPC liaison meeting. Highly regarded by past attendees, the event featured updates from around the country about what state and specialty medical societies are doing to address important issues related to women physicians.
Finally, the governing council elected officers for the 2012-2013 term. Claudia Reardon, MD, was re-elected chair, and Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, was elected vice chair.
Study determines gender pay disparity among physician researchers
Male physician researchers make about $12,000 more than their female counterparts, according to a study published in the June 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Building on studies that previously found disparities in pay between male and female physicians, this study by Reshma Jagsi, MD, and colleagues analyzed a homogenous cohort of 800 physician researchers. After adjusting for specialty, academic rank, leadership positions, publications and research time, the difference in salary between men and women was $12,194.