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Women faculty want flexible work schedules

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted April 19, 2004

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The number of women in academic medicine has stayed relatively flat for several years, with women making up 11% of faculty at the professor level. In an effort to look at what might help change this, researchers surveyed women faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine about what they see as priorities to attract, retain and advance women in academia.

The results, published in the April issue of Academic Medicine, showed that respondents' first priority would be for an environment where women with young children could work flexible schedules without negative consequences. Next on their list was having the option of a three-month sabbatical from clinical and administrative duties. Other priorities were departmental mentoring for academic career development and school or departmental administrative secretarial support for grant and manuscript preparation.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/04/19/prbf0419.htm.

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