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Women in medicine face harassment.

A third of women physicians report work-related sexual harassment, finds a study published in May in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In surveying more than 1,000 physician-scientists who had received a National Institutes of Health career development award between 2006 and 2009, researchers found that 30 percent of women said they had experienced sexual harassment during their professional careers, versus 4 percent of male physician-scientists who reported such sexual harassment. The study also found that 70 percent of women surveyed perceived gender bias, as opposed to 22 percent of men. Also, 66 percent of women said they had experienced gender bias, whereas only 10 percent of men had.

Women make up about half of today's medical student population. The study noted the importance of recognizing unconscious bias and more obvious inappropriate behaviors.

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Title Annotation:ON THE JOB IN BRIEF
Author:Krisberg, Kim
Publication:The Nation's Health
Date:Aug 1, 2016
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