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Achieving XXcellence in Science: Role of Professional Societies in Advancing Women in Science: Proceedings of a Workshop AXXS 2002.


National Research Council (US) Committee on Women in Science and Engineering; Shaywitz S, Hahm J, editors.


Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2004.
The National Academies Collection: Reports funded by National Institutes of Health.


This workshop, held July 8–9, 2002, in Washington, D.C., looked at ways to advance women scientists careers in clinical research. Interest in such careers is falling among medical degree recipients, and particularly among women. This situation is worrisome because, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, women will soon make up the majority of recipients of medical degrees and life science doctorates (according to NSF data), and declining interest from the growing pool of future investigators may constrict our understanding of human disease. The Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health asked the Committee on Women in Science and Engineering at the National Research Council (NRC) to hold a workshop to explore ways in which scientific societies could enhance the research careers of women scientists, in support of ORWH’s ongoing efforts to promote women’s advancement in biomedical careers. Scientific societies play a crucial role in career development, and identifying specific strategies that societies could deploy might be very helpful in encouraging women to enter and continue in clinical research careers. This volume consists of the presentations made at the workshop, including remarks by the leaders of the five breakout sessions.

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