Women's Leadership Program Receives National Honor
Date: September 1, 2013
As a fellow in General Internal Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Rachel Levine was impressed by how a group of women faculty members would share advice on advancing careers while upholding family responsibilities. Now an associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Levine chairs the very group that helped her, determined to boost leadership development and other opportunities for women in her department.
Launched in 1990, the Task Force on Women’s Academic Careers in Medicine has helped change the face of the department’s leadership. In 1989, the Department of Medicine had one full professor and four associate professors who were women. Today, women make up 21 percent of all full professors, 39.5 percent of associate professors and 45.6 percent of assistant professors. Many also serve as division chiefs and in other prominent roles.
Now the group’s work has earned national recognition from the Association of American Medical Colleges. The Leadership Development Award from the AAMC’s Group on Women in Medicine and Science recognizes individual and organizational contributions to advancing women in academic medicine.
“It’s a great way to honor leaders’ support for the task force and the many, many stellar women faculty who have volunteered their time and energy,” Levine says.
However, there’s still room for improvement, she notes, as the school of medicine remains about average nationwide in the number of women appointed to the highest-level leadership positions.