Addressing women's under-representation in medical leadership

Elsevier, The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10171, 9–15 February 2019, Page 14.
Johnny Boylana, Jane Dacrea and Harriet Gordona

Although nearly half of all doctors in the UK are women, other than the highest college rank of president, other senior echelons of medicine have disproportionately low numbers of women. For example, less than one quarter of hospital Trust medical directors and just 13% of all clinical professors on university contracts are women. Although women are under-represented in positions of senior leadership, no conclusive evidence suggests that they are disadvantaged in their endeavours or unwilling to deliver the necessary commitment, resulting in few women reaching medical leadership roles. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has sought to address the challenge of how to motivate and inspire women to aspire towards leadership roles as a key strategic goal.