Letters Women in medicine

Improving women doctors’ ability to achieve their full leadership potential

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7649 (Published 16 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7649
  1. Vijaya Nath, assistant director of leadership development1,
  2. Clare Marx, president2,
  3. Peter Lees, chief executive and medical director3,
  4. Krishna Kasaraneni, chair of equality and inclusion committee4,
  5. Sally Davies, president, Medical Women’s Federation5
  1. 1King’s Fund, London W1G 0AN, UK
  2. 2Royal College of Surgeons, London, UK
  3. 3Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, London, UK
  4. 4BMA, London, UK
  5. 5Medical Women’s Federation, London, UK
  1. v.nath{at}kingsfund.org.uk

Most graduates leaving medical school are female,1 2 meaning that within the next 10 years, the majority of doctors in the UK will be women. Currently, 44% of doctors are women,3 yet they are under-represented in leadership positions (for example, only 23% of medical directors are female), managerial and academic, as well as in clinical specialties such as surgery.4 5 Having …

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