Mind the (Gender) Gap – on the Pomegranate podcast
07 Nov 2016
Gender equity in medicine is a perennial issue and is the focus of the latest episode of Pomegrante – the RACP podcast.
While more than half of all medical students and trainees are women, they make up only about 30 per cent of registered physicians. When it comes to clinical leadership positions it’s down to single digits, and medicine’s gender pay gap is worse than that of other industries.
The reasons for this loss of talent, and disparities in pay, are both cultural and logistical.
One significant factor affecting career progression is time taken out for child-rearing; the penalties associated with such an interruption appear to compound more in medical training than they do in other professions.
But medical culture, reflecting the wider society, also contains structural biases that affect women.
In this episode, RACP President Dr Catherine Yelland FRACP is joined by Dr Stefanie Schurer, Senior Lecturer in applied health economics at the University of Sydney, consultant surgeon Dr Elizabeth Sigston FRACS and Professor Helena Teede FRACP, Executive Director, Monash Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre and Director, Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation.
Listen in as our guests discuss the challenges for gender equity in the profession, and how role-modelling and leadership training may offer strategies to support the next generation of women doctors.
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