Women Underrepresented In Leadership Positions In Nine Major Clinical Specialties, Including Psychiatry

Medscape (2/9, Brown) reports, “The numbers of men and women in medical school and medical residency programs are approximately equal, but the proportion of women in leadership positions in nine major clinical specialties is much lower,” research published in the March issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology suggests. Researchers arrived at this conclusion after searching “the websites of 950 academic departments of nine specialties to determine the gender of department-based leaders (chair, vice chair, and division director) and residency program directors” in the specialties of “anesthesiology, diagnostic radiology, general surgery, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pathology, pediatrics, and psychiatry.”

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