Project 1: Fixing the Leaky Pipeline—Attrition of Women During Medical Training
Eliza Lo Chin, MD, MPH, executive director of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco
Roberta Gebhard, DO, AMWA president-elect and co-chair of the organization’s task force on gender equity
Mary Rojek, PhD, chair of the AMWA’s Sex and Gender Health Collaborative
Mollie Marr, medical student at Oregon Health & Science University, and AMWA student president-elect
Despite increasing numbers of women entering the medical profession over the past decade, the percentage of active women physicians has made only marginal gains. This trend speaks to the persistence of a leaky pipeline for women that occurs at all stages of their medical careers. This qualitative pilot study will examine the primary factors that led medical students and residents to leave the medical profession during their training years. The study will provide an important opportunity to learn about women’s experiences during medical training, how we might improve their experience and how the healthcare environment could be more responsive to the needs of all trainees.
This project is one arm of a large multi-year initiative of the American Medical Women’s Association, Fixing the Leaky Pipeline, which seeks to identify the issues and factors that lead to the attrition of women within the medical profession, barriers to their career advancement, and possible interventions that can be implemented both locally and nationally. Over 40 volunteer physicians and students are participating in the larger initiative; they represent a broad range of stakeholders from multiple specialties and diverse practice or training settings.