Women Medical Students Said To Face Risk Of Sexual Misconduct.
A recent story by in Bloomberg News (4/30) was not totally surprising and is part of the reason that Indiana University School of Medicine will become a signatory organization for TIME’s UP Healthcare. The report noted that “for medical students, the path to becoming a licensed doctor is filled with obstacles,” but “for women, there’s often an additional challenge: the risk of becoming a victim of sexual misconduct.”
Many physicians have added to the stories at #Timesuphealthcare and #MeTooMedicine. Sharing stories can be useful and therapeutic.
Being a female physician is not always easy. We have not yet met gender equity in academic medicine, NIH grants, clinical trials, publications, and healthcare leadership.
We do ask that leaders of health care systems pay extra attention to the work experiences of their entire teams, including women, and we also encourage women physicians to mentor/sponsor and demonstrate leadership for those future physicians for whom we pave the way.
Learning by example, promoting excellence in education and calling out bad behavior when it happens are just some of the ways we work to create more gender equity and eliminate misconduct in our schools and health care centers.