Although more women continue to enter the medical profession, disparities between the sexes persist in academic medicine. This gender gap has implications for peer recognition and academic advancement. In 2006, Jagsi and colleagues1 reported that the proportion of women as the first and the senior (last listed) physician authors of original research significantly increased between 1970 and 2004. Women, however, still represented a minority of the authors of original research and editorials in 6 prominent medical journals. A related study2 found a substantial increase in the representation of women on editorial boards and as editors in chief of prominent journals.
The findings are based on the number of articles included in the analysis. Data were gathered for 2010 and 2011 for 6 major medical journals. Ann Intern Med indicates Annals of Internal Medicine; JAMA Intern Med, JAMA Internal Medicine; Lancet, The Lancet; and NEJM, The New England Journal of Medicine.
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