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December 22/29, 2004

Trends in Women Among Medical School Faculty

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(24):2972. doi:10.1001/jama.292.24.2972-c

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.

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