Medicine is a historically male dominated discipline; however, there have been significant changes in the profession over the past few decades.
Having more women working in these high-ranking positions is not only beneficial for equity reasons, but can also lead to higher returns on equity and performance.
A study published in BMJ’s Christmas issue looked at the department leaders at the top 50 medical schools in the United States funded by the National Institutes of Health.
13% (137/1018) of department leaders were women.
19% (190/1018) of department leaders were men with moustaches (data was not collected during Movember).
Their definition of moustache included both stand-alone moustaches and moustaches in combination with other facial hair.
Specialities with the Most Women Leaders:
- Obstetrics and gynecology
Specialities with the Least Women Leaders:
Specialities with the Most Mustachioed Leaders:
Specialities with the Least Mustachioed Leaders:
- General Surgery
- Plastic Surgery
We need evidence-based policies that increase women in leadership positions.