Fueling the conversation
When asked whether he thinks his research inspired the current conversation around gender inequity in medicine, Anupam Bapu Jena, MD, PhD – lead author of the September 2016 gender pay paper – said that while he did not initiate it, his work “has fueled the conversation.”
“This is an issue that has been going on in the scientific literature for at least 25-30 years,” said Dr. Jena, the Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and a physician in the department of medicine at MGH. “I am sure women in medicine have been feeling this since women entered medicine.”
Many female hospitalists hoped that, as a relatively new field, hospital medicine would avoid some of the time-worn challenges women in other specialties faced.
“The birth of hospital medicine held the promise that, as a new field, it would be immune to the ‘old boys’ club mentality that plagues established specialties,” Dr. Farnan and Dr. Arora wrote in their September 2017 Annals article. And yet, they continued, “gender disparities developed in the areas of leadership and academic productivity.”
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