Hofler et al. Comparison of women in department leadership in obstetrics and gynecology with other specialties
Why should you read about this topic?
Workplace limitations for any segment of our workforce ultimately diminish all of us.
What were the authors trying to do?
Compare the representation of women in obstetrics and gynecology departmental leadership to other clinical specialties
Who participated and in what setting?
Academic departments (N=950) of anesthesiology, diagnostic radiology, general surgery, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pathology, pediatrics and psychiatry in the US in 2013
What was the study design?
What were the main outcome measures?
Gender of department-based leaders
What were the results?
Although pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology had the highest proportion of department leaders, women were underrepresented (a ratio of the proportion of leaders who are women to the proportion of residents in 1990 who were women) among chairs for all specialties and for division directors for all specialties except anesthesiology and diagnostic radiology. Women were overrepresented as residency program directors in general surgery, anesthesiology, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics.
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What were the study strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths: innovative representation ratio. Weaknesses: missing data ranged from 5.1-21.4%; assumption about proportional entry into academic positions may not be valid
What does the study contribute for your practice?
Our specialty is lagging behind others in promoting women to positions of leadership in academic departments