Career Growth Dealing with Attitudes Gender Issues for Women in Medicine & Science

  • For Working Mothers in Academia, Tenure Track is Often a Tough Balancing Act
  • NIH Helps Advance Women in Biomedical Research Careers
  • Taking Root in a Forest Clearing: A Resource Guide for Medical Faculty
  • Women’s Health and Women’s Leadership in Academic Medicine: Hitting the Same Glass Ceiling?
  • Women in medicine: Career and Life Management - Marjorie A. Bowman, Erica Frank, Deborah I. Allen - 187 pages
  • Women in Medicine: Getting in, Growing, and Advancing - Janet W. Bickel - 119 pages
  • Women, Repeat This: Don’t Ask, Don’t Get
  • The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense. (Suzette Elgin, Reston Press, 1985.) An excellent guide to defending yourself against verbal attacks without jeopardizing your own situation, it includes suggestions for redirecting and deflecting a verbal assault.
  • They Can Kill You...But They Can't Eat You. (Dawn Steel, Pocket Books, 1993.) A very entertaining look at one woman's battle to succeed in the film industry, this also provides a number of useful insights into how to succeed in a man's world.
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People. (Dale Carnegie, Pocket Books, Reissue 1994.) This classic book on communicating uses vignettes from real life to illustrate effective leadership. It's easy and fast reading and well worth the time.
  • Men: A Translation for Women. (Joan Shapiro, New American Library-Dutton, 1992, or Avon 1993.) This is another woman’s highly-readable book on understanding the differences in communication styles between men and women.
  • What's Holding You Back? Eight Critical Choices for Women's Success( Linda Gong Austin, Basic Books, February 19, 2001)
  • Hardball for Women. (Pat Heim, PhD, Plume Books, 1993.) Written primarily from a business point of view, this book is an excellent explanation of the stereotypical behaviors of men and women that create conflicts and misunderstandings. Heim’s basic premise is that boys and girls learn the lessons of life from the games they play, and expect adulthood to follow the same rules. You will recognize a multitude of situations, and Heim offers very concrete strategies to succeed.

Negotiation Skills

Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination

  • What You Don't Know: The Science of Unconscious Bias and What To Do About it in the Search and Recruitment Process Explore the evidence-based research supporting the theory of unconscious bias and the impact of bias in the search and recruitment process.
  • Why Do So May Incompetent Men Become Leaders? (Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Harvard Business Review 1993)
  • Step Forward: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. What You Need to Know! (Susan L. Webb, 1991. Mastermedia Publications.) This is a fairly concise book that explains the differences in harassment and discrimination, and how to deal with problems that arise.
  • Guidelines for Establishing Sexual Harassment Prevention and Grievance Procedures. (Prepared by the AMA.) Copies are available by writing to AMA, 515 North State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60610. This brochure is an excellent reference if you wish to help your program establish a specific policy on these issues, or even just to understand definitions and the hazards of amorous relationships between people of unequal status. While most medical schools and universities do have
  • You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation. (Deborah Tannen, PhD, William Morrow & Co., 1990.) This has observations by a sociolinguist on how men and women communicate, and why they so often do not understand one another. This can help to decipher what men are really saying to you, and how you can better communicate with them to avoid misunderstandings.

Pregnancy and Residency

  • Forgive and Remember. (Charles Bosk, The University of Chicago Press, 1979.) This covers the psychology of residency and the hierarchy in surgery. It helps you understand some of the indoctrination process of residency.
  • The May/June 1993 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association is devoted to maternity and medicine. It includes articles on the pregnant resident, colleagues’ attitudes, and the rights, rules and regulations regarding maternity leave. Single copies are available for $5.00 by writing to AMWA, 801 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
  • Medicine and Parenting. This is a booklet prepared by the AAMC that covers the timing of pregnancies in relation to residency, legal rights, leave policies, how to handle queries about childbearing plans during interviews, child care options, and more. Copies are available through the Women’s Liaison Officer at your medical school, or by sending $11.00 to AAMC, 2450 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20037-0400.
  • A Pregnant Surgical Resident? Oh My! (Emina Huang, MD, and Olga Jonasson, MD. JAMA 1991;265;2859-2860.) The article discusses how one residency program dealt with this issue in a purposeful and constructive manner, and is very helpful with suggestions for maintaining good communications.


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