Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 31, Issue 5, pp 363–366

Society for Women in Academic Psychiatry: A Peer Mentoring Approach

  • Andreea L. Seritan
  • Robinder Bhangoo
  • Sylvia Garma
  • Jane DuBé
  • Ju Hui Park
  • Robert Hales
Original Article

DOI: 10.1176/appi.ap.31.5.363

Cite this article as:
Seritan, A.L., Bhangoo, R., Garma, S. et al. Acad Psychiatry (2007) 31: 363. doi:10.1176/appi.ap.31.5.363

Abstract

Objective

Despite an increasing presence of women in medicine, the percentage of women in academic psychiatry remains low. At the University of California, Davis, women represent two-thirds of psychiatry residents; however, the percentage of female faculty is one-third. This article presents a novel approach to the academic gender gap problem.

Method

The Society for Women in Academic Psychiatry (S.WA.P.) is a peer mentoring group founded by junior women faculty.

Results

S.W.A.P. results to date include educational products, departmental demographic changes, and climate improvement.

Conclusions

Although results are encouraging, more effort is needed to achieve a true culture change.

Copyright information

© Academic Psychiatry 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreea L. Seritan
    • 1
  • Robinder Bhangoo
    • 1
  • Sylvia Garma
    • 1
  • Jane DuBé
    • 1
  • Ju Hui Park
    • 1
  • Robert Hales
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of California, DavisSacramentoUSA