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February 27, 1991

Women in Academic Medicine-Reply

Author Affiliations

Floating Hospital for Infants and Children Boston, Mass

Floating Hospital for Infants and Children Boston, Mass

JAMA. 1991;265(8):976. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460080045021

In Reply.—  Drs Judi and Robert Goldstone are to be commended for their progressive attitudes and their success in combining satisfactory family lives and careers (they do not tell us whether in private practice or in academic medicine). There are doubtless other professional families like them. But this is not really the point.Despite the hopeful report from Columbia University of Nickerson et al,1 disquieting evidence still suggests that women are not rising to the top in academic medicine as might be expected. In psychiatry, 19% of the faculty members in 1975 and 24% in 1989 were women, yet in 1989 only 8.5% of full professors of psychiatry were women, and currently only 0.8% (one of 127) of the chairs of psychiatry departments in the United States is a woman. In pediatrics, 28% of faculty in 1975 and 33% in 1989 were women, but in 1989 only 14% of