This Month's News
Medical school deans still largely a male bastion
Despite a steady increase in the number of female medical school deans, women are still underrepresented in this position, according to a new study in Academic Medicine.
Women represented only 15 percent of new deans appointed in 2000 through 2006, for example. In addition, female deans take longer to advance through the ranks, serve at less research-intensive institutions, and have shorter tenures—only three years as opposed to 5.4 years for men.
Another recent study, published in the Archives of Dermatology, found sex-based differences in academic dermatology, including career track, academic rank distribution, leadership and career satisfaction. It concludes that "subjective rewards (e.g., influence, collegiality, and mentorship) of academics and increased family-friendly measures for early-career academicians are important to close these gaps."
A related editorial (subtitled "Progress Made, but No More Excuses") makes the point that dermatology should be at the "vanguard" in promoting female physicians into leadership roles, since it is one of three specialties with the highest proportion of female trainees (close to 70 percent).
The AMA Women Physicians Congress aims to increase the number and influence of women physicians in leadership roles by monitoring these and similar trends and addressing emerging professional issues affecting women in the profession.