Women in academic medicine: perceived obstacles to advancement

J Am Med Womens Assoc (1972). Jul-Aug 1992;47(4):115-8.


To investigate perceived obstacles to the advancement of women in academic medicine, we sent a questionnaire assessing perceptions of the fairness and supportiveness of the academic environment to the 229 female teaching and research faculty of the School of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University. The overall response rate was 85%. Forty-six percent believed that they had not had the same professional opportunities as their male colleagues, 52% believed that salaries were not equivalent for men and women in similar positions, and 50% believed that promotions were awarded in a biased manner. Thirty percent reported that sexist behavior was common and that sexual harassment occurred in the workplace. Eighty-one percent experienced conflicts between their professional and personal lives and most believed that the institution failed to adequately address the needs of women with children. This survey indicates that there are significant perceived obstacles to the advancement of women in academic medicine that must be addressed.

MeSH terms

  • Career Mobility*
  • Faculty, Medical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • New York City
  • Physicians, Women*
  • Schools, Medical*
  • Social Perception*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires