Wanted: women in academic medicine
The benefits and barriers to a career in academic medicine
Are most of your medical school lecturers and professors men? There are notable exceptions, but female academics are still outnumbered, especially at the top of the profession. Although women make up 54% of medical students, and 45% of practising doctors, they only account for 28% of academic doctors.1 This figure falls sharply in more senior roles. By professorial level only 11% of clinical academics are women.1 What is keeping women out of academic medicine?
We attended the first Women in Academic Medicine (WAM) conference organised by the British Medical Association, looking for some answers. The conference aimed to share experiences and celebrate achievements with the aim of supporting and empowering women academics. In this article, we consider the benefits of and barriers to a career in academic medicine for women.
Academics map out their own careers—there is no standard job description. The role can include research as part of clinical