#PWChat: Gender Disparities in Medicine

#PWChat: Gender Disparities in Medicine

Join us Tuesday, April 10 at 3:00pm ET for a live, interactive tweetchat with Julie Silver, MD, on the current status of gender disparities in medicine. Topics to be discussed are subject to change but will likely include:

  • Madsen, et al, who studied emergency medicine physicians and found that women earned less than men regardless of rank, clinical hours or training, with other specialties having similar findings
    • What can be done to close the gender wage gap.
  • Carr, et al, who found gender disparities in rank, retention & leadership, as well as that women were less likely to attain senior-level positions than men–even after adjusting for publication-related productivity–and who  recommended that institutions examine the climate for women to ensure their academic capital is fully utilized and equal opportunity exists for leadership
    • What deans/chairs and other leaders should be doing if women’s qualifications are similar, but they still are not advancing equitably.
  • Krause, et al, who studied internal medicine residents & found that pregnancy was less common in women trainees than in partners of the men, but that in the post-partum period, women received lower peer evaluation scores than their male counterparts.
    • What medical education leaders should do to optimize training throughout pregnancy and prevent low peer evaluation scores for women.
  • Silver, et al, who studied recognition awards given by medical specialty societies and found that women physicians are often totally excluded (or nearly so) as recipients.
    • What medical society leaders should do to ensure that women members are equitably recognized for their important contributions.
  • Mueller, et al, who found qualitative differences in feedback that men & women residents received and suggested that attending physicians should provide all trainees with consistent feedback & guard against gender bias in their perceptions of residents’ capabilities.
    • What medical education leaders should do to ensure that women are given consistent and constructive feedback during training.
  • Bates, et al, who wrote “It is Time for Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment in Academic Medicine” and described efforts in societies to address sexual harassment and establish safe environments at national meetings.
    • What leaders at medical societies should be doing to ensure that women are safe from sexual harassment at conferences.
  • Salles, et al, who found that women surgical residents had significantly more concerns about gender judgment than men and that the degree to which male/female residents were concerned with being judged for their gender was significantly associated with worse well-being, and the body of literature–in medicine & beyond—supporting that women are often judged worse than men when their gender is known but not when their gender is disguised.
    • What medical education leaders should do to decrease gender-based judgement.
  • Physicians from four specialties who published a report with six steps medical societies could take to ensure women members are treated fairly.
    1-examine inclusion
    2-report results
    3-investigate gaps
    4-implement strategies
    5-track outcomes
    6-publish results

    • How to get professional medical societies to examine inclusion data for women members and address gaps expeditiously.
  • More…

How to Join the Chat

  1. Log into your Twitter account. Don’t have an account? Where have you been?! Just kidding, we don’t judge, but you should get one! It’s easy to create, and free. You’ll be glad you did.
  2. A couple minutes before 3:00pm ET on April 10, Search Twitter (top right of every Twitter page) for #PWChat.
  3. On the search results page, click Latest at the top left. This will show you all the latest tweets using the #PWChat hashtag. The page will automatically update every couple minutes, letting you know how many new tweets there are using the #PWChat hashtag.
  4. Answer questions, reply to other’s comments, or make a comment of your own as much and as often as you like. Just make sure to leave room in include #PWChat to make sure what you tweet is included in the chat. Otherwise, it won’t be seen.
  5. While you’re at it, be sure to follow @physicianswkly, @JulieSilverMD, and  @PROWDWomen!

About Dr. Silver

Dr. Julie Silver is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair for Strategic Initiatives at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is recognized nationally and internationally as an innovator, academician, teacher, award-winning author and highly successful businesswoman. As a speaker, Dr. Silver blends inspiration with unique strategies to help others become successful—whether it’s in caregiving, healing, business or other aspects of their lives.

In her 30’s Dr. Silver was named one of Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL Award) by the Boston Chamber of Commerce, and just a few weeks later she was diagnosed with cancer. This led her on a difficult but valuable journey, and she went on to found  a healthcare company dedicated to helping hospitals and cancer centers develop and implement cancer rehabilitation services that was featured in Bloomberg/Businessweek.  The Boston Globe recognized Dr. Silver’s important contributions to healthcare and society and awarded her the Top Innovator in Medicine. The Discovery Channel featured her work in the show Innovations. She has been a guest on the Today Show, the CBS Early Show and Dr. Oz. her work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street JournalUSA Today, the London Times and NPR.

Each year hundreds of healthcare professionals from all corners of the world come to Boston to attend the continuing education courses that she directs at Harvard Medical School titled Career Advancement and Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare and Writing, Publishing and Social Media for Healthcare Professionals. Her courses are among the highest-rated at Harvard—a very high bar indeed.

Dr. Silver, an award-winning author, has published many books including Before and After Cancer Treatment: Heal Faster, Better, Stronger (Johns Hopkins Press), What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope (American Cancer Society), and Hope and Healing for Your Breast Cancer Journey (Chicken Soup for the Soul). Dr. Silver is currently affiliated with three Harvard teaching hospitals–Spaulding Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals.

Follow her on Twitter @JulieSilverMD.

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