Addressing needs of women radiologists: Opportunities for practice leaders to facilitate change

Lucy B. Spalluto, Elizabeth Kagan Arleo, Madelene C. Lewis, M. Elizabeth Oates, Katarzyna J. Macura

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Abstract

Women are, and have always been, underrepresented in radiology. This gender disparity must be addressed. Women bring a different perspective to the workplace; and their collaborative, empathetic, and compassionate approach to patient care and education is an asset that the radiology community should embrace and leverage. Radiologic organizations should focus on removing barriers to the entry of women physicians into radiology as a specialty and to their career advancement. Organizations should address bias, promote physician well-being, and cultivate a safe and positive work environment. Radiology leaders committed to increasing gender diversity and fostering an inclusive workplace have the opportunity to strengthen their organizations. This article outlines the key steps that practice leaders can take to address the needs of women in radiology: (a) marketing radiology to talented women medical students, (b) addressing recruitment and bias, (c) understanding and accommodating the provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and the Fair Labor Standards Act for both trainees and radiologists in practice, (d) preventing burnout and promoting well-being, (e) offering flexible work opportunities, (f) providing mentorship and career advancement opportunities, and (g) ensuring equity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1626-1637
Number of pages12
JournalRadiographics
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
L.B.S. supported in part by the VA National Quality Scholars Program, Office of Academic Affiliations, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and with resources and use of facilities at Veterans Health Administration–Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville,Tenn.

Funding Information:
L.B.S. supported in part by the VA National Quality Scholars Program, Office of Academic Affiliations, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and with resources and use of facilities at Veterans Health Administration?Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville, Tenn.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018, Radiological Society of North America Inc. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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