Letter from the Chair of the Department of Medicine
December 10, 2012
Letter from the Chair of Medicine:
Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Department of Medicine have been a training ground for generations of leaders of academic medicine since the Department was founded by William Osler. I and my faculty know that the responsibility to train future leaders, with a focus on women in Medicine, is extremely important.
In 1989 the Provost of Johns Hopkins University issued a Status of Women report stating that women were not being promoted nor paid equally compared to their male counterparts. In 1989 our Department of Medicine had one woman full Professor and four women Associate Professors of Medicine. The Task Force for Women in Academic Medicine in the Department of Medicine was founded at that time. I am more than pleased to report that women now comprise 21% of all Professors, 39.5% of Associate Professors, and 45.6% percent of Assistant Professors. In addition, our Department has had Division Chiefs and a substantial number of departmental leaders who are women.
Yet there is still much work to be done. While we are succeeding in promoting women, our emphasis will shift toward training women leaders departmentally, school-wide and at the national level.
Myron L. Weisfeldt, MD
William Osler Professor of Medicine
Director, Department of Medicine