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Neurology. 2018 Aug 14;91(7):e603-e614. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000006004. Epub 2018 Jul 20.

Women physicians underrepresented in American Academy of Neurology recognition awards.

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1
From the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School (J.K.S., C.A.B., S.B., J.A.P., R.G., J.M.R., R.D.Z.); Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (J.K.S., C.A.B., S.B., J.A.P., R.G., J.M.R.); Massachusetts General Hospital (J.K.S.); Brigham and Women's Hospital (J.K.S., C.A.B.); Department of Neurology (A.M.B.), Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School; Harvard Medical School (C.S.S.); Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (C.S.S.), Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital; VA Boston Healthcare System (S.B.); Medical Affairs, Research and Education (R.D.Z.), Spaulding Rehabilitation Network; Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (R.D.Z.), Massachusetts General Hospital; and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (R.D.Z.), Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.
2
From the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School (J.K.S., C.A.B., S.B., J.A.P., R.G., J.M.R., R.D.Z.); Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (J.K.S., C.A.B., S.B., J.A.P., R.G., J.M.R.); Massachusetts General Hospital (J.K.S.); Brigham and Women's Hospital (J.K.S., C.A.B.); Department of Neurology (A.M.B.), Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School; Harvard Medical School (C.S.S.); Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (C.S.S.), Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital; VA Boston Healthcare System (S.B.); Medical Affairs, Research and Education (R.D.Z.), Spaulding Rehabilitation Network; Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (R.D.Z.), Massachusetts General Hospital; and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (R.D.Z.), Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA. amb2304@cumc.columbia.edu.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate representation by gender among recipients of physician recognition awards presented by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).

METHODS:

We analyzed lists of individual recipients over the 63-year history of the AAN recognition awards. Included were awards intended primarily for physician recipients that recognized a body of work over the course of a career. The primary outcome measures were total numbers and proportions of men and women physician award recipients.

RESULTS:

During the period studied, the proportion of women increased from 18% (1996) to 31.5% (2016) among AAN US neurologist members and from 18.6% (1992) to 35% (2015) in academia, and the AAN presented 323 awards to physician recipients. Of these recipients, 264 (81.7%) were men and 59 (18.3%) were women. During the most recent 10-year period studied (2008-2017), the proportion of women increased from 24.7% (2008) to 31.5% (2016) among AAN US neurologist members and from 28% (2009) to 35% (2015) in academia, and the AAN presented 187 awards to physician recipients, comprising 146 men (78.1%) and 41 women (21.9%). Although it has been more than 2 decades since the proportion of women among US neurologist members of the AAN was lower than 18%, 1 in 4 AAN award categories demonstrated 0% to 18% representation of women among physician recipients during the most recent decade. Moreover, for highly prestigious awards, underrepresentation was more pronounced.

CONCLUSION:

Although the reasons why are not clear, women were often underrepresented among individual physician recognition award recipient lists, particularly for highly prestigious awards.

PMID:
30030329
PMCID:
PMC6105044
[Available on 2019-08-14]
DOI:
10.1212/WNL.0000000000006004

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