July 2012

Sex, Academics, and Dermatology LeadershipProgress Made, but No More Excuses

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Dermatology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(7):844-846. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2012.530

It is widely known that the number of women entering medicine has steadily increased in the past decade, such that women constitute approximately half of medical students and the resident workforce.1,2 Regrettably, across medicine, this influx has not been accompanied by equivalent progress by female faculty with academic credentials or in leadership roles. Currently, only 17% of women hold full professorship status in the clinical sciences and even fewer, 11%, hold the position of department chair.3,4

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