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August 26, 2020

Challenges to Professional Advancement Facing Women Surgeons—The View From Our Chairs

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
  • 2Department of Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock
  • 3Department of Surgery, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
JAMA Surg. 2020;155(11):1033-1034. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.3024

In the current climate of our changing health care system, there is little consensus as to what constitutes true leadership in medicine. Long gone are the days in which the autocratic style is successful, and we must now define the type of leadership that will meet the often-competing needs of an academic department and respond to an ever-changing landscape of medical education, research, and clinical care. The ambiguity in our current reality has revealed both the void in and necessity for effective leadership. For patients, colleagues, and others, we need physician leadership at all levels in health care administration and academic medicine.

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