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Twelve tips for developing and running a successful women’s group in international academic medicine

Authors: Halah Ibrahim, Dora J. Stadler, Sophia Archuleta, Pascale Anglade & Joseph Cofranceso Jr.
Medical Teacher 2018. DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2018.1521954. [Epub ahead of print]

“Gender inequity in academic medicine remains an important issue worldwide. While institutional programs and policies can help promote equity in recruitment, retention, scholarship, promotion, and leadership, they often do not address the physical and social isolation that many women in international academic medicine face. Creating networking opportunities through building women’s groups can provide a personal and professional support structure that decreases isolation and promotes the advancement of women”. Based on a multidisciplinary literature review on change processes, group formation, women’s empowerment, and lessons learned from personal experience, the authors offer 12 tips classified in 8 steps to successfully create, maintain, and support physician women’s groups:

    • Step 1: Create a sense of urgency
      • Perform a thorough needs assessment and analysis, and contextualize the role of women in the society and culture in which your group exists.
    • Step 2: Build a guiding coalition
      • Identify your “champions” while being mindful of the cross-cultural diversity of group members.
      • Get leadership support.
      • Involve men.
    • Step 3: Create a vision
      • Define your mission and vision, including goals and objectives, and develop infrastructure.
    • Step 4: Communicate the vision
      • Plan programs that are relevant and needed.
      • Use social media as a means of virtual networking.
    • Step 5: Enable action by removing barriers
      • Anticipate and be prepared for resistance and challenges.
    • Step 6: Generate short-term wins
      • Orchestrate and share your successes.
    • Step 7: Sustain acceleration
      • Evaluation is important – collect, reflect, and act on feedback.
    • Step 8: Institute new culture
      • Plan for the future to ensure both manageability and sustainability.
      • Have fun.

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