Mind the (Gender) Gap: Inequities Among Women in Academic Rheum

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Recent studies have indicated the persistence of gender gaps in terms of promotion, publication, and federal funding in academic rheumatology in the United States, despite an increase in the number of women rheumatologists in the workforce over the years.

Authors of a paper published in Nature Reviews Rheumatology noted, “To move forward, we must find ways to address the gender gap in rheumatology with the goal of creating a workforce as diverse as the patient population it serves.”

In this episode, we are speaking with the authors, Shereen Mahmood, MD, and Irene Blanco, MD, to get further insight into the existing inequities among women in academic rheumatology, and how these gender gaps may be bridged and parity achieved.

Read the full transcript for this episode here.

Shereen N. Mahmood, MD, is board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology with advanced training in musculoskeletal ultrasound. After earning her medical degree at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, New York, she completed her residency in internal medicine at Northwell Health in Manhasset, New York, and a rheumatology fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. Dr Mahmood now serves as an assistant professor of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a rheumatologist at Montefiore Medical Center, where she is also the director of the Musculoskeletal Disorders Course and the director of the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSUS) Clinic. Dr Mahmood’s interests include nutrition and inflammatory arthritis, musculoskeletal ultrasound in diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases, and patient advocacy with a particular focus on urban and diverse environments.

Irene Blanco, MD, MS, is a professor in the Department of Medicine and the associate dean for diversity enhancement at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Her research interests focus on addressing health disparities and the social determinants of health in rheumatology. She is currently working on developing graduate medical education curriculum addressing disparities and health equity. In addition, Dr Blanco’s work focuses on the diversification of the medical and biomedical workforce as a whole. She believes that by bringing people from traditionally marginalized groups into medicine and supporting them as they cultivate positions of leadership, are we to truly address the needs of our most vulnerable patients.