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June 25, 1982

Advancement of Men and Women in Medical Academia-Reply

JAMA. 1982;247(24):3311-3312. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320490015012

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In Reply.—  Placing each faculty member into one of the eight categories would require information unavailable in the medical school catalogues; such a study would require, therefore, total cooperation of the deans of all US medical schools. I do hope that such cooperation will be forthcoming, without the resistance that accompanied our last efforts.The statistical significance, however, of the study Dr Ruane proposes today will be questionable because of the small number of women in the full professorial rank.Secondly, the interpretation of the data from the various categories will be difficult without establishing other variables, for instance, if the woman physician's husband is supportive; ie, a "wife" or just another responsibility and a drain on her resources. Thirdly, how are you going to find out about and classify homosexual physicians' mates of either gender? This information may not be available from the most detailed curricula vitae.In one