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TIME’S UP Healthcare: Can we put an end to gender inequality and harassment in medicine?

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 05 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l987
  1. Rhonda Acholonu, co-founder, assistant professor of pediatrics12,
  2. Christina Mangurian, founder member, professor of psychiatry13,
  3. Eleni Linos, professor of dermatology and health, research and policy4
  1. 1TIME’S UP Healthcare
  2. 2Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City, USA
  3. 3University of California, San Francisco and the Weill institute for Neurosciences, USA
  4. 4Stanford University, USA
  1. linos{at}

Female doctors are calling for safer and more equal workplaces for the benefit of the workforce and patients

TIME’S UP Healthcare recently launched with a mission to ensure that our healthcare workplaces are safe, equitable, and dignified. It comes at a unique time in history. In 2017, the Association of American Medical Colleges reported that for the first time there are more women entering US medical schools than men. A year later, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine published a report on the culture of sexual harassment in academic institutions.1 This report found that sexual harassment is common across all scientific fields, with the highest prevalence in medicine.2 Nearly 50% of medical students experience sexual harassment before they even start their careers as physicians.3 In addition, over a quarter of nurses have experienced sexual harassment, over a third …

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