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Acad Psychiatry. 2007 Sep-Oct;31(5):363-6.

Society for women in academic psychiatry: a peer mentoring approach.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Davis, 2230 Stockton Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA. andreea.seritan@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Despite an increasing presence of women in medicine, the percentage of women in academic psychiatry remains low. At the University of California, Davis, women represent two-thirds of psychiatry residents; however, the percentage of female faculty is one-third. This article presents a novel approach to the academic gender gap problem.

METHOD:

The Society for Women in Academic Psychiatry (S.W.A.P.) is a peer mentoring group founded by junior women faculty.

RESULTS:

S.W.A.P. results to date include educational products, departmental demographic changes, and climate improvement.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although results are encouraging, more effort is needed to achieve a true culture change.

PMID:
17875620
DOI:
10.1176/appi.ap.31.5.363
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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