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Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2018 Jan;97(1):34-40. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000792.

Women Physicians Are Underrepresented in Recognition Awards From the Association of Academic Physiatrists.

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From the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School; Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; Massachusetts General Hospital; Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (JKS); Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School; Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (CAB, AST); Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School; Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; Massachusetts General Hospital; VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts (SB); Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School; Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (CSS, RG, VG-K, JMR, NLM); Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School; Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (JCS); and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School; Medical Affairs, Research and Education, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General Hospital; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (RDZ).

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Determine representation by gender for individual recognition awards presented to physicians by the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP).

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional survey was used. Lists of individual recognition award recipients for the 27-yr history of the AAP awards (1990-2016) were analyzed. The primary outcome measures were the total numbers of men versus women physician award recipients overall and for the past decade (2007-2016).

RESULTS:

No awards were given to women physicians for the past 4 yrs (2013-2016) or in half of the award categories for the past decade (2007-2016). No woman received the outstanding resident/fellow award since its inception (2010-2016). There was a decrease in the proportion of awards given to women in the past decade (2007-2016, 7 of 39 awards, 17.9%) as compared with the first 17 yrs (1990-2006, 10 of 46 awards, 21.7%). Furthermore, compared with their proportional membership within the specialty, women physicians were underrepresented for the entire 27-yr history of the AAP awards (1990-2016, 17 of 85 awards, 20%). According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the proportion of full-time female physical medicine and rehabilitation faculty members was 38% in 1992 and 41% in 2013.

CONCLUSIONS:

Women physicians have been underrepresented by the AAP in recognition awards. Although the reasons are not clear, these findings should be further investigated.

PMID:
28678034
PMCID:
PMC5757674
DOI:
10.1097/PHM.0000000000000792
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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