Christine Heisler, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, co-authored an article in the journal Gynecologic Oncology in partnership with authors from institutions across the country.
According to authors, gynecologic oncology as a subspecialty is increasingly made up of women. “Take Me to Your Leader: Reporting Structures and Equity in Academic Gynecologic Oncology” sought to assess representation of faculty by gender and subspecialty in academic medical department leadership roles. They found:
“Health care organizations have been slow to adopt and promote diversity in leadership despite the well described benefits. Although women make up the majority of the health care workforce they remain underrepresented in chair positions and in other managerial roles. These data suggest that women in departmental leadership may benefit gynecologic oncology divisions. Departments with women chairs were larger, had more gender balanced faculty and were more likely to have women gynecologic oncology division directors. Gynecologic oncology divisions with women directors were also more likely to have gender balance.”
Read the whole article here.