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I think that even though a large percentage of women are in medicine, some feel that they are less likely to be promoted or given the powerful research/leadership positions.
But our report found that if they asked for leadership positions, the majority would be granted at least partially.
Dr. Bhargava, what should female physicians take away from this report?
I think this is an overall positive report. Women who considered themselves leaders, were happier in their work lives, and found balance in their personal lives. Women who want to be leaders should not be hesitant in asking for more
In our study, we had good penetration in all areas of the countries, as well as the majority of specialties
I believe that since the need is greater in rural areas, women physicians may be given more responsibility.
In a multispecialty urban hospital, responsibility gets distributed across many levels so there may be less need. But this is probably true of men and women
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Dr. Bhargava, were you surprised by any of the report’s findings?
I was happily surprised by the fact that most women who asked for promotions or salary, got them.
Also interestingly, the non leaders thought that gender bias would be a challenge, but the leaders did not.
Does anyone on the stream have any thoughts on whether or not female MDs should strive for more leadership positions?
I have faced challenges as a woman balancing career and family. Honestly, it always seems that I feel guilty about one area or the other, and feel that I could do better in both. But as a mom, I think that being a woman leader/professional is a good role model for my kids, and especially my daughter to look up to.
Additionally I feel that I appreciate each facet of my life more, as the work and life part balance out each other. I also feel intellectually stimulated and as a leader, feel that I have more control over my work environment.
Lastly, in leadership positions, I feel that I can make more of a difference to my colleagues and my patients by affecting process and change. I feel very fortunate!
I think it would be wonderful for more female physicians to be involved in mentoring young doctors. In fact, I was lucky to have some great women supervisor/bosses who were pivotal in influencing my views on leadership. It is often hard to navigate the medical field as a young doctor- more women should definitely be involved in helping young docs with advancing their careers.
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Dr. Bhargava, what advice do you have for other female physicians who strive to take on a bigger role at their workplace or professional societies?
I think that if they are interested, they should ask for it.
the key is to be organized and also have some external support. I do think that women make great effective leaders and bring so much to the table.
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