It's time to address gender inequities in academic medicine, AAMC says

The Association of American Medical Colleges is working to eliminate gender inequities in medical schools, teaching hospitals and academic societies through a new initiative announced this week.

AAMC issued a call to action, urging the leaders of these institutions to better identify and address discriminatory practices that have led to unequal pay or representation among men and women in academic medicine.

The group outlines seven gender inequities for organizations to tackle in four main areas:

  • Leadership and compensation
  • The physician and scientific workforce
  • Research
  • Recognition

The call to action represents the first of several steps AAMC plans to take as part of its initiative.

"For too long, gender inequities have persisted in our communities, limiting the contributions and the promise of many of our colleagues and learners," AAMC President and CEO David Skorton, MD, wrote in a letter to academic medical leaders nationwide.

To learn more about the initiative, click here.

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