RADWomen UCSF: "Promoting Equity for Women in Academic Medicine: An Evidence-Based Approach"

Zoom Registration:  https://ucsf.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uRNorkgERMKtF_z8Axn6QA

Brief Outline of Talk: As a scholar whose research has long focused on understanding the mechanisms leading to inequity in the medical profession, Dr. Jagsi will begin by providing an overview of the patterns of women's participation in the profession of medicine.  She will then describe studies led by her team and others that have investigated the drivers of women's persistent under-representation among the leaders of the medical profession, even in an era when half of all medical students are female.  These include myriad complex challenges, including gendered expectations, unconscious bias, and overt discrimination and harassment.  She will conclude by discussing innovative interventions that have been implemented to begin the process of cultural transformation in medicine.

Learning Objectives:

1)  To understand the nature and causes of gender inequity in medicine

2)  To be able to define what constitutes sexual harassment

3)  To appreciate how to target systems-level interventions to target root causes of inequity and harassment


Learning Need: Gender inequity and sexual harassment in medicine have gained increasing attention recently, in the context of broader cultural movements like #metoo and #TIMESUP and a landmark report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  Not only are inequity and harassment problematic for their own sake, they can compromise the quality of care and research that professionals contribute.   This necessitates formal training and education on this subject. 




Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil

Newman Family Professor
Deputy Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Director, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine

University of Michigan

Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil., is the Newman Family Professor and Deputy Chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan.  She trained at Harvard, where she graduated first in her class, and at Oxford, where she was a Marshall Scholar.  She brings to her research her unique perspective as a physician and social scientist to promote evidence-based intervention.  Author of over 300 articles, including numerous high-impact publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, and JAMA, her research has been funded by multiple independent grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Doris Duke Foundation, and numerous other foundations.  This work has had direct impact on policies of funding organizations, credentialing bodies, and academic institutions.  Invited as a keynote speaker to many professional societies, the National Academies, the NIH, and over 50 institutions, her work is frequently featured in the popular media, including coverage by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR, and national network nightly news.  She has been recognized with multiple awards, membership in the American Society of Clinical Investigation, and Fellowship in the Hastings Center, ASCO, ASTRO, and the AAWR.

Additional Details:

This year, Dr. Jagsi's R01 application to support the EMPOWER trial she has conceived to test an intervention to promote gender equity received a perfect 10 impact score from the NIH, and she was invited to join the NIH’s Advisory Committee for Research on Women’s Health.  Her work has directly affected policies, including influencing 1) funders and journals to require double blinding of reviews, redefine grant selection criteria, and require institutions to submit gender equity report cards, 2) accrediting boards to redefine their policies for parental leave from medical training, and 3) institutions to increase transparency of compensation and advancement criteria.  Her insights are broadly valued in academic medicine; she authored three Perspective essays in the New England Journal of Medicine on gender equity in this year alone.

Dial-In Information

Zoom Registration:  https://ucsf.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uRNorkgERMKtF_z8Axn6QA

Monday, March 8 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Research & Academia



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