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J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2018 Sep 22. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2018.6937. [Epub ahead of print]

A Focused Career Development Program for Women Faculty at an Academic Medical Center.

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1 Department of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina , Charleston, South Carolina.
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2 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina , Charleston, South Carolina.
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3 Department of Healthcare Leadership and Management, Medical University of South Carolina , Charleston, South Carolina.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Within free-standing academic medical centers, women continue to be underrepresented at upper faculty ranks and in leadership positions. A career development program (CDP) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) was implemented with the goal of improving the number of women in the upper ranks and in leadership positions. The CDP was initiated in 2013 as a 2-day program. Beginning in 2015, a half-day promotion-focused program was offered alternating with the 2-day program.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

The CDP has served ∼200 women from 2013 to 2017 and was evaluated for reaction and learning through postprogram surveys. Promotion success of ∼160 women who attended at least one of the programs through 2016 was assessed through an additional survey. Promotion information for ∼3000 faculty members during the same 2013-2016 period (post-CDP), as well as a 4-year time period before implementation of the CDP (pre-CDP), was collected using university-level personnel data.

RESULTS:

The majority of CDP attendees (94%) indicated overall satisfaction with the program and would recommend the program to a colleague. Of the 137 CDP attendees still employed at MUSC in 2017, 50 had applied for promotion and 42 (84%) were successfully promoted. Among all the MUSC faculty, overall and rank-sepcific promotion rates for women and men were similar during the post-CDP time period and there was a significant increase in the promotion rate of women to Full Professor from pre-CDP to post-CDP time periods.

CONCLUSIONS:

CDP attendees were overwhelmingly satisfied with the program and were highly successful in being promoted. Since the overall university promotion rates of women and men were similar during the post-CDP time period and women are currently underrepresented at the upper faculty ranks, parity between men and women will likely not be achievable without additional programs to retain and/or recruit women in the upper ranks.

KEYWORDS:

career development; gender equity; promotion; women faculty

PMID:
30251910
DOI:
10.1089/jwh.2018.6937

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