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August 2016

Disparities in Academic Dermatology

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, University of California–San Francisco, San Francisco
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(8):878-879. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.1533

In this issue of JAMA Dermatology, Cheng et al1 highlight sex disparities in National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant funding. Only 1 in 3 NIH grants overall are awarded to women in dermatology, and even fewer—1 in 4—R01 grants go to women. And the problem seems to be getting worse based on the analysis by Cheng et al,1 which shows a statistically significant decrease in the proportion of NIH grants awarded to women over the 6-year study period. However, women make up 64.1% of dermatology residents2 and 44.7% of practicing dermatologists2 nationwide; this large pool of female dermatologists makes their findings even more striking.