Sponsorship: A path to the academic medicine c-suite for women faculty?

Elizabeth L. Travis, Leilani Doty, Deborah Helitzer

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Abstract

Despite increases in the percentages of women medical school graduates and faculty over the past decade, women physicians and scientists remain underrepresented in academic medicine's highest-level executive positions, known as the C-suite. The challenges of today and the future require novel approaches and solutions that depend on having diverse leaders. Such diversity has been widely shown to be critical to creating initiatives and solving complex problems such as those facing academic medicine and science. However, neither formal mentoring programs focused on individual career development nor executive coaching programs focused on individual job performance have led to substantial increases in the proportion of women in academic medicine's top leadership positions.Faced with a similar dilemma, the corporate world has initiated sponsorship programs designed to accelerate the careers of women as leaders. Sponsors differ from mentors and coaches in one key area: They have the position and power to advocate publicly for the advancement of nascent talent, including women, in the organization. Although academic medicine differs from the corporate world, the strong sponsorship programs that have advanced women into corporations' upper levels of leadership can serve as models for sponsorship programs to launch new leaders in academic medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1414-1417
Number of pages4
JournalAcademic Medicine
Volume88
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Sponsorship : A path to the academic medicine c-suite for women faculty? / Travis, Elizabeth L.; Doty, Leilani; Helitzer, Deborah.

In: Academic Medicine, Vol. 88, No. 10, 01.01.2013, p. 1414-1417.

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Travis, Elizabeth L. ; Doty, Leilani ; Helitzer, Deborah. / Sponsorship : A path to the academic medicine c-suite for women faculty?. In: Academic Medicine. 2013 ; Vol. 88, No. 10. pp. 1414-1417.
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