Five Years Later: Impact of a Focused Women in Radiology Program

J Am Coll Radiol. 2022 Feb;19(2 Pt B):389-400. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2021.08.032.


Purpose: Women are underrepresented in radiology and experience barriers to professional growth that can affect job satisfaction and career advancement. The authors hypothesized that a structured, intentional Women in Radiology (WiR) program would increase women faculty members' perceptions of workplace gender equity, satisfaction with pace of professional advancement, interest in research and teaching, and perceptions of work-life balance and mentorship opportunities.

Methods: Components and structure of a sustainable WiR program are described in detail. Baseline and summative 5-year surveys of women faculty members in the department were distributed. The primary outcome measure was perception of equitable access to professional development opportunities for women. The authors also assessed the impact of the WiR program on creating a departmental culture shift to improve career advancement for women. Secondary outcomes included WiR's impact on women's satisfaction with pace of professional advancement, mentorship opportunities, work-life balance, and interest in research and teaching.

Results: Compared with 5 years prior, more women faculty members now believe that there is equitable access to career advancement opportunities and that the formal WiR program has contributed to a positive culture shift in the department. Significant gains in women faculty members' satisfaction with pace of their professional advancement were demonstrated. During the study period, more women developed interest in teaching and research, served as mentors, and perceived improvements in work-life balance compared with baseline.

Conclusions: A structured, intentional WiR program can contribute to improved workplace gender equity, career satisfaction for women, and a positive departmental culture shift to support the needs of women in radiology.

Keywords: career advancement; gender equity; women in radiology.

MeSH terms

  • Career Mobility
  • Faculty, Medical*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Mentors
  • Radiography
  • Radiology*