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J Prim Care Community Health. 2017 Apr;8(2):97-99. doi: 10.1177/2150131916669191. Epub 2016 Sep 21.

Burnout in Female Faculty Members.

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1 Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, USA.

Abstract

Despite approximately equal numbers of male and female medical school graduates, women are entering academic medicine at a lower rate than their male colleagues. Of those who do assume a faculty position, female faculty members report higher levels of burnout, often attributable to gender-specific difficulties in clinical expectations and maintenance of work-life balance. Many of these struggles are attributable to issues that are amenable to supportive policies, but these policies are inconsistent in their availability and practice. This commentary presents evidence for inconsistencies in the day-to-day experience of female faculty members, and proposes solutions for the mitigation of the challenges experienced more often by female faculty members with the goal of diversifying and strengthening academic medicine.

KEYWORDS:

academic medicine; burnout; equity; gender; policy

PMID:
27650035
PMCID:
PMC5932657
DOI:
10.1177/2150131916669191
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