Healio Infectious Disease News recently featured ITM investigator Vineet Arora, MD, MAAP, for her work researching gender inequality in the medical profession. Arora weighed in on the many gender-based discrepancies in the medical field, and unpacked the biases and discrimination behind these inequalities. For instance, although about half of all medical school applicants are women, only one in five will become a full professor. Likewise, Arora noted that the American Academy of Dermatology measured that nearly half of doctors and faculty are women, but their prestigious awards are only given to women approximately 8 percent of the time. Women are also less likely to be recognized by the press, give grand rounds at other institutions, and be named visiting professors.
“Lead from where you stand, whether it be pediatricians addressing vaccination or emergency medicine physicians talking about disaster preparedness in a hurricane. Speak about the health impact of an issue. Use your voice to promote medical truth,” Arora said in Healio.