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Female doctors and scientists in US lag in faculty promotions and research funding, studies find

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4947 (Published 16 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4947
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Female doctors who are on the faculty of US medical schools are substantially less likely than men to be full professors, even after accounting for factors such as age, specialty, and measures of research productivity, a new US study has found. A second study found that female junior scientists conducting basic research received significantly less start-up funding from their institutions than did men. The studies were published in the 15 September issue of JAMA.

For the first study Anupam Jena, of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, and colleagues analyzed a database of 91 073 physician faculty members.1 The database included detailed information on their sex, age, years since residency completion, specialty, scientific authorship, National Institutes of …

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