We are expanding 500 Women Scientists into the domain of clinical medicine with the satellite group 500 Women in Medicine, established by five women medical students. We believe women play a critical role in medicine and for medicine to truly serve the people, it must be inclusive and reflect the true diversity in our society.
For the past 25 years, women have represented greater than 40% of medical school matriculants but continue to be underrepresented in positions of academic medical leadership: Women account for only 22% of full professors, and 16% of deans and department chairs in U.S. medical schools. This suggests that the number of talented women in medicine is not lacking, but rather that promotion and advancement of women in medicine is ineffective.
In order for women physicians to reach leadership roles, they must be visible and they must be seen as experts in the public sphere. 500 Women in Medicine strives to increase the representation and visibility of women in academic and clinical medicine.