Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: The Special Communication by
Dr Barzansky and Ms Etzel1 describing the status
of US medical school education programs noted the increase in the number and
percentage of female medical school applicants in 2003, reaching 50.8%, with
women comprising 47.9% of all enrolled students. It would be interesting to
know if the same trend has been occurring for female medical school faculty.
Sex inequity in promotion and compensation of women in academic medicine has
been reported.2,3 Data detailing
the sex composition of medical school faculty and the proportion (and advancement)
of women faculty at the levels of instructor, assistant professor, associate
professor, and full professor would provide important insight.
Simpson BM. Trends in Women Among Medical School Faculty. JAMA. 2004;292(24):2972. doi:10.1001/jama.292.24.2972-c