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The Gender Gap Persists In Academic Medicine, Studies Find
Kaiser Health News

Academic medicine is still a man’s world, according to two studies and an accompanying editorial published Tuesday in the journal JAMA.

Despite growing numbers of women doctors and researchers, the top echelon at U.S. academic medical facilities is still heavily skewed to favor men, the studies suggest.

The larger study examined male and female promotions in medical schools, analyzing about 90,000 doctors’ records. It found that, even when accounting for factors such as experience, age and research, men are 15 percentage points more likely to have the rank of full professor – the senior-most position on a tenure track – than are women. Women generally do produce less research than men, the study adds, which it suggests may be because of roadblocks like lack of mentorship and less institutional support.