Research Letter
May 17, 2016

Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Experiences of Academic Medical Faculty

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Center for Cancer Biostatistics, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor
  • 3US Department of Veterans Affairs, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 4Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • 5Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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JAMA. 2016;315(19):2120-2121. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.2188

Recent high-profile cases of sexual harassment illustrate that such experiences still occur in academic medicine.1 Less is known about how many women have directly experienced such behavior. Most studies have focused on trainees, single specialties, and non-US settings or lack currency.2 In a 1995 cross-sectional survey,3 52% of US academic medical faculty women reported harassment in their careers compared with 5% of men. These women had begun their careers when women constituted a minority of the medical school class; less is known about the prevalence of such experiences among more recent faculty cohorts.

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