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Open Badges Commentary

Still a man's world, but why?

Ann Weinacker1* and Renee D Stapleton2

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1 Stanford University School of Medicine, 300 Pasteur Drive, Room H3105, Stanford, CA 94305-5238, USA

2 University of Vermont College of Medicine, 149 Beaumont Avenue, HSRF 222, Burlington, VT 05405, USA

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Critical Care 2013, 17:113  doi:10.1186/cc11915

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Published: 29 January 2013


Women are generally under-represented in many academic medical settings. Through a brief commentary on this issue, the present article discusses possible explanations for this under-representation as well as potential solutions. Issues examined include women in leadership positions, attrition out of academic medicine, salary imbalance between men and women, potential bias among both genders, and the need for cultural change. We believe this is an extremely important issue of which we all need to be aware and hope that articles such as this will aid in starting a crucial conversation about gender issues in academic medicine.