Using women's health research to develop women leaders in academic health sciences: The national centers of excellence in women's health

M. Carnes, G. Vandenbosche, P. K. Agatisa, A. Hirshfield, A. Dan, J. L.F. Shaver, D. Murasko, M. McLaughlin

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Abstract

While the number of women entering U.S. medical schools has risen substantially in the past 25 years, the number of women in leadership positions in academic medicine is disproportionately small. The traditional pathway to academic leadership is through research. Women's health research is an ideal venue to fill the pipeline with talented women physicians and scientists who may become academic leaders in positions where they can promote positive change in women's health as well as mentor other women. The Office on Women's Health (OWH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has contracted with 18 academic medical centers to develop National Centers of Excellence in Women's Health. Emphasizing the integral link between women's health and women leaders, each of the Centers of Excellence must develop a leadership plan for women in academic medicine as part of the contract requirements. This paper describes the training programs in women's health research that have developed at five of the academic medical centers: the University of Wisconsin, Magee Women's Hospital, the University of Maryland, Medical College of Pennsylvania Hahnemann University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. We discuss some of the challenges faced for both initiation and future viability of these programs as well as criteria by which these programs will be evaluated for success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-47
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Women's Health and Gender-Based Medicine
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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