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Advancing Gender Equity in Academic Medicine

Gender equity refers to a state in which people of all genders and gender expressions have equal access to resources, opportunities, and participation in academic medicine. The process of gender equity requires inclusion of gender diversity, intersectionality, and a gender justice framework to dismantle harmful norms and inequitable systems.

The Gender Equity Portfolio recently underwent a yearlong strategic planning process to identify focus areas for the next two to three years. Based off feedback from hundreds of constituents, affinity group leaders, and AAMC staff, the following areas were identified as priority areas:

Structural Issue

What structural inequity are we trying to address?

Focus Area

How are we trying to address it?

Traditional leadership ideals and biased evaluations Leadership, promotion, and advancement of all marginalized genders into power positions
Dominant culture norms Engaging all allies in addressing exclusive and harmful norms
Not valuing work equally Addressing pay inequities and other institutional structures that impact compensation

Salary Equity

The AAMC has developed a set of tools and resources to provide foundational information and ways to help your institution get started on addressing salary equity:

Sexual Harassment

Addressing sexual and gender harassment in academic medicine requires a comprehensive strategy. This involves strong leadership commitment, supportive institutional policies for reporting and investigations, and training for staff, leaders, and learners to prevent and appropriately address harassment. The AAMC offers a groundbreaking report on national rates of sexual harassment, effective practices, and additional resources to support institutions in this endeavor:

Women’s Leadership, Diversity, and Advancement

The AAMC provides key information on the representation of women at different career levels and leadership positions. Additionally, educational resources are available to guide institutions in taking steps to enhance diversity at various leadership levels:

Women of Color and Intersectionality

The Women of Color and Intersectionality Initiative, organized by the Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) in collaboration with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) and various AAMC affinity groups, focuses on enhancing visibility, awareness, and advocacy for women of color in academic medicine:

Reproductive Health

Key information and resources for academic medicine clinicians and educators in responding to reproductive health care and access restrictions and related educational challenges:

Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) Toolkit

A series of presentations designed to provide practical guidance on a variety of topics relevant to women faculty in academic medicine.

Find out more about the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS).

Group on Women in Medicine and Science

A webinar defining the shifting centers of power in academic medicine through a power-mapping exercise.

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Group on Women in Medicine and Science

Participants share experiences and create dialogue about how institutions can maintain an intersectional lens as they continue EDI journeys.

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Interested in training workshops on diversity, equity, and inclusion with your students, faculty, and staff?

Contact Diana Lautenberger at dlautenberger@aamc.org.

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