AMA Wire

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

News for Women Physicians

Researchers receive grants to study women physician issues

Researchers receive grants to study women physician issues

Grants of up to $10,000 have been issued to six doctors who will research various topics of interest to female physicians, including flexible work options and gender differences in the practice patterns of obstetricians and gynecologists.

The AMA Foundation and the AMA Women Physicians Congress awarded the grants as part of the Joan F. Giambalvo Scholarship program, which provides the opportunity for health care researchers to identify and address the issues that affect women physicians and medical students.

This year's six grant recipients will pursue five total projects. View a list of the recipients and their project summaries. 

"Women form one third of the physician workforce and half of matriculants into medical school," said Claudia Reardon, MD, chair of the AMA Women Physicians Congress Governing Council. "If we are going to meet the needs of an increasing patient population, we need to invest in research that improves our knowledge of the challenges and opportunities for women in medicine."

The grants are made possible by donations to the Fund for the Advancement of Women. Please consider making a gift to help advance the role of women in medicine.

More women physicians choosing careers in surgery

Although more women physicians are choosing surgery as a career, they continue to report certain barriers, according to a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association that recaps analyses from a number of studies on the subject.

The number of women surgeons taking on leadership roles is also increasing, the article notes. This includes a growing number of female surgical faculty members who may serve as mentors and thereby influence more women to choose surgery as a specialty. Still, women continue to report negative attitudes about pregnancy during surgery training, as well as institutional barriers to career advancement in the field, the article notes.

AMA-WPC meeting to feature session on negotiation and the gender divide

Discuss the challenges and opportunities facing physicians seeking to demonstrate their value during a presentation June 16 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago during the AMA Women Physicians Congress (WPC) Annual Assembly Meeting.

Sara Laschever, co-author of the book "Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide," will present "Negotiation and the gender divide: The power to get what you really want." The session is a follow-up to an education program about physician pay disparities and strategies for eliminating them that took place in November during the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

The AMA-WPC meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.