Gender Issues in the Rheumatology Workforce

Session Type: ACR Special Sessions
Tuesday, November 8, 2011: 7:30 AM-9:00 AM
W194b (McCormick Place West)
Business of Rheumatology  Educators  SessionSelect

Session Overview:
Women are joining rheumatology in increasing numbers and now comprise 58 percent of fellowship applicants. However, there are significant barriers to retention, promotion and professional advancement for women in rheumatology. Only 20 percent of leadership positions in rheumatology divisions are held by women and only 17 percent are full professors according the ACR Benchmarking Survey. Significant barriers to advancement in research careers inhibit women from advancing in academic rheumatology and in the world of clinical practice as well.  This session is designed to stimulate a proactive conversation about how to create a future workforce that is diverse at all levels of leadership.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • review the data on current workforce issues related to gender in rheumatology
  • identify barriers women face in professional advancement
  • identify successful innovations that support women’s advancement into leadership
  • discuss barriers to success in research careers
  • define strategies to enhance the role of women in academic medicine

Moderator: Abby Abelson, MD, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
7:30 AM
Update on Gender Issues in Rheumatology: Analysis of 2011 ACR Data
Abby Abelson, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
7:55 AM
National Trends of Women in Academic Medicine
Sheila A. Dugan, Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL
8:20 AM
A Call to Action: What Can the ACR Do To Support Women in the Rheumatology Workforce?
Leslie J. Crofford, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
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