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Academic Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181dbf75a
Gender Diversity

Searching for Excellence & Diversity: Increasing the Hiring of Women Faculty at One Academic Medical Center

Sheridan, Jennifer T. PhD; Fine, Eve PhD; Pribbenow, Christine Maidl PhD; Handelsman, Jo PhD; Carnes, Molly MD, MS

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Abstract

One opportunity to realize the diversity goals of academic health centers comes at the time of hiring new faculty. To improve the effectiveness of search committees in increasing the gender diversity of faculty hires, the authors created and implemented a training workshop for faculty search committees designed to improve the hiring process and increase the diversity of faculty hires at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. They describe the workshops, which they presented in the School of Medicine and Public Health between 2004 and 2007, and they compare the subsequent hiring of women faculty in participating and nonparticipating departments and the self-reported experience of new faculty within the hiring process. Attendance at the workshop correlates with improved hiring of women faculty and with a better hiring experience for faculty recruits, especially women. The authors articulate successful elements of workshop implementation for other medical schools seeking to increase gender diversity on their faculties.

© 2010 Association of American Medical Colleges

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