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.

The Results:

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:

  1. Obstetrics and gynecology
  2. Pediatrics
  3. Dermatology

Specialities with the Least Women Leaders:

  1. Orthopedics
  2. Neurosurgery
  3. Urology

Specialities with the Most Mustachioed Leaders:

  1. Psychiatry
  2. Pathology
  3. Anesthesiology

Specialities with the Least Mustachioed Leaders:

  1. General Surgery
  2. Plastic Surgery
  3. Otolaryngology

We need evidence-based policies that increase women in leadership positions.

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