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June 25, 1982

Advancement of Men and Women in Medical Academia

JAMA. 1982;247(24):3311. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320490015009

To the Editor.—  I read the article by Wallis et al "Advancement of Men and Women in Medical Academia: A Pilot Study" (1981;246:2351) and the accompanying editorial by Marlys H. Witte, MD (1981;246:2356). My interest stems from personal involvement as a female physician who meets Dr Witte's and my own university's criteria for academic advancement, yet who has been denied tenure by being "promoted" to associate professor without tenure (and being placed in a nontenured track). Tabulations of years until promotion and academic rank without mention of tenure status are inadequate. Therefore, the data presented by Wallis et al cannot and do not fully reflect the discrimination that women medical academicians face.Moreover, despite numerous reports of the inequities in academic medicine, there are none that deal with the dearth of means to redress the grievances of faculty women. I would suggest that the latter, too, is a problem worthy