A study conducted by Joy McCann Professor of Women in Medicine from the University of Kansas and American University Women’s Association has shown that woman who graduated from medicine they have unlikely from ending up as full professors or department heads in North American medical schools.
That the results of this study has been published in magazines The New England Journal Medical under the title Female Physicians and Promotion in Academic Medicine (Medical and promotion women in academic medicine). To carry out this statistical analysis, they are in charge of the project they compare the data from Association of American Medical Colleges on all state medical school graduates from 1979 to 2013, and comparing them to percentage of women expected to enter academic positions based on those who have passed.
The difference has not improved over the years
This sample includes 559,098 graduates from 134 different medical schools in the United States. In most of the groups studied, Fewer women were promoted than expected into a position of professor, professor, or head of a department.
In an analysis covering all groups of women studied, by race, ethnic group and department type, it was concluded that assistant professors tend to be associate professors than their male counterparts. The difference between the sexes has not diminished over the years; furthermore, this study showed that the sex differences were even greater in the later cohort with respect to promotion to full professor.
Fewer opportunities to reach leadership positions
The data from this study also reveal that 38.9% of medical graduates are women, and that they represent 40.8 percent of assistant professors, something that suggests, according to research, that “women are more likely to choose to pursue careers in academia than men.”
Regarding comparisons made with other studies that have been carried out before, the person in charge of this study confirmed that it confirms the results carried out in 2018 and shows that “for 17 years, women are less likely to reach leadership positions in US medical schools than men ”.
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