- To support the advancement and leadership of women in academic medicine
- To promote education and research in women’s health
Publications & Articles of Interest
|FOCUS-Related Publications||Recent Publications & News of Interest||Miscellaneous Bibliography of Resources|
- FOCUS on Maren Shapiro, M'16 (Perelman School of Medicine's pulse, December 2015)
- Create Your Own Leadership Opportunity: Dr. Stephanie Abbuhl (Women Leaders in Medicine blog site interview, November 2015)
- Culture Matters: The Pivotal Role of Culture for Women's Careers in Academic Medicine (Academic Medicine, April 2014)
- Tradition Meets Innovation: Transforming Academic Medical Culture at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine (Academic Medicine, April 2013)
- A Culture Conducive to Women’s Academic Success: Development of a Measure (Academic Medicine, November 2012)
- Empowering Women in Academic Health Centers: Past, Present, and Future (AAMC's GWIMS Watch, Fall 2012)
- Factors Impacting the Departure Rate of Female and Male Junior Medical School Faculty: Evidence from a Longitudinal Analysis (Journal of Women's Health, October 2012)
- Awarded Best Poster in 2011 AAMC GWIMS Meeting (see p. 3)
- A Writing Group for Female Assistant Professors (Journal of the National Medical Association, September 2011)
- The Goal is Transformation. A Trial Seeks to Help Women Advance in Academic Medicine (PENN Medicine, Winter 2010/2011)
- Joint PIs S. Abbuhl / J.A. Grisso & multi-disciplinary team of national researchers receive unique NIH RO1 grant to support women in biomedical careers via their NIH-TAC Trial (Transforming Academic Culture) Intervention (Executive Summary, The NIH-TAC Trial)
- Examining Faculty Awards for Gender Equity and Evolving Values (Journal of General Internal Medicine, January 2010)
- The Brief CV Review: One Component of a Mosaic of Mentorship for Women in Academic Medicine (Journal of the National Medical Association, September 2009)
- Work-Life Policies for Faculty at the Top Ten Medical Schools (Journal of Women's Health, October 2008)
- Award Winning Women in Medicine Programs: Lessons in Building a Strong Professional Development Program for Women (AAMC's Faculty Vitae Spotlight, Winter 2006)
- A Matter of FOCUS and Potential (PENN Medicine, Summer 2005)
Other Publications & News of Interest
- Why do Women Choose or Reject Careers in Academic Medicine? A narrative review of empirical evidence (Laurel D. Edmunds et al., The Lancet - Review article. Published online April 19, 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(15)01091-0.)
A review of empirical evidence from fifty-two studies published between 1985 and 2015 to explore the reasons for women's choice or rejection of careers in academic medicine. While there was consistent evidence for four of eight main themes, substantial gaps in the scientific literature across studies suggest significant opportunities to overcome barriers by providing a more conducive environment.
- Gender Equality in Science Will Require a Culture Shift (Claire Pomeroy, Scientific American - Article in "
The Sciences" section, January 1, 2016)
To support women in science, we must reckon with a culture of unconscious bias. The problem is not only outright sexual harassment—it is a culture of exclusion and unconscious bias that leaves many women feeling demoralized, marginalized and unsure.
- Plenty of Moustaches but not Enough Women: Cross Sectional Study of Medical Leaders (Mackenzie R. Wehner et al., The BMJ, December 2015)
- Why I Put My Wife's Career First (Andrew Moravcsik; The Atlantic, October 2015 Issue)
The well-being of children, the status of women, and the happiness of men will depend on whether more fathers are willing to take on primary parenting roles.
- A Toxic Work World (Anne-Marie Slaughter; The New York Times- Sunday Review, September 18, 2015)
- Addressing Disparities in Academic Medicine: Moving Forward (Carrie L. Byington MD and Vivian Lee MD PhD MBA; JAMA Editorial: The Journal of the American Medical Association, September 15, 2015) JAMA. 2015;314(11):1139-1141. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.10664
- Sex Differences in Academic Rank in US Medical Schools in 2014 (Anupam B. Jena MD PhD et al., JAMA Original Investigation, The Journal of the American Medical Association, September 15, 2015) JAMA. 2015;314(11):1149-1158. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.10680.
- Sex Differences in Institutional Suppport for Junior Biomedical Researchers (Robert Sege MD PhD et al., JAMA Research Letter, The Journal of the American Medical Association, September 15, 2015) JAMA. 2015;314(11):1175-1177. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.8517.
Women are underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce. Only 30% of funded investigators are women.1,2 Junior faculty women have fewer peer-reviewed publications than men3,4 and are more often on clinician-educator (vs traditional) tracks.5 One reason may be differences in early-career institutional support, which to our knowledge has not been previously examined.
-- Mustaches Outnumber Women Among Medical-School Leaders (Steve Kolowich, The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 17, 2015)
In an effort to highlight the glass ceiling in medical education, a team of researchers looked at photographs of 1,018 department heads at the 50 medical schools receiving the most research funding from the National Institutes of Health. They counted 137 women and 190 mustaches. Mustaches outnumbered women in almost every specialty.