Barriers have existed for female physicians since the first woman was accepted into medical school. In 2016, nearly 46% of medical school graduates were women, yet women physicians remain underrepresented in leadership roles, both in and out of academia.
The focus of this summit is to identify barriers women physicians face in the medical ﬁeld and create action plans that can be executed at both the local and national level.During the two-day summit, we will facilitate breakout sessions and presentations given by diverse women from various specialties and institutions to deliver evidence-based talks and present tools and solutions to be utilized in working towards ﬁxing the system and closing the gender gap across all specialties. We want to empower women physicians with the tools they need towards changing the system at their home institutions and in their specialty speciﬁc organizations.
This summit will be planned and executed by a steering committee comprised of physicians from each of the major academic institutions in Chicago, with endorsements from local and national organizations.
The Summit is a unification of women physicians, with the common goal of finding and implementing solutions to gender inequity.
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. – Booker T. Washington