JAMA article on women in academic medicine

Anne Kubelik annek at puccini.crl.umn.edu
Sun Apr 9 12:48:20 EST 1995

There is an article in the April 5, 1995 issue of JAMA studying possible
reasons for lower promotion rates for women medical school faculty members 
than for men.  A few especially interesting points:

The authors looked at men and women appointed between 1979 and 1981 to the
faculties of medical schools.  This was to correct for the tendency of
women faculty to be younger than men.

After 11 years on the faculty, 59% of women and 83% of men had achieved 
associate or full professor rank.

Women tended to start their careers with fewer academic resources, including
being less likely to have been given office or laboratory space, to have
grant support, or have protected time for research.

Women worked 10% fewer hours and authored fewer publications, but even after
adjustment for this difference in productivity, women were less likely to
be promoted.

The number of children a person had was not assocoiated with rank, except 
that women full professors had fewer children than other women.

The article:  Promotion of Women Physicians in Academic Medicine:
              Glass Ceiling or Sticky Floor?

Tesch et al, 1995, JAMA 273: 1022 - 1025.

annek at puccini.crl.umn.edu


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