Women in Academic Medicine: Possibilities for a New Paradigm

Gabrielle Kane


Historically, women have had difficulty training to be doctors and then practicing their profession. Now they are able to make career choices about their type of specialty and whether to enter academic or private practice. Within the academic system, however, women are less likely than men to be promoted and be represented in positions of leadership and power. This paper explores some of the factors that act as barriers to academic success, including the time lag effect, issues of child and family responsibility and some exclusionary practices of gender discrimination. Solutions are discussed in terms of natural evolution (with monitoring), and active intervention to implement a career paradigm that accounts for gender differences.


representation; gender; women in medicine; power relations; leadership positions;

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Higher Education Perspectives. ISSN: 1710-1530