, Volume 31, Issue 5, pp 363-366
Date: 10 Jan 2014

Society for Women in Academic Psychiatry: A Peer Mentoring Approach

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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.