The Academic Quilting Bee

  • Anita P. Mayer
  • Julia A. Files
  • Marcia G. Ko
  • Janis E. Blair


In medicine, the challenges faced by female faculty members who are attempting to achieve academic advancement have been well described. Various strategies have been proposed to increase academic productivity to aid the promotion of women in medicine. We propose an innovative collaboration strategy that encourages completion of an academic writing project. This strategy acknowledges the challenges inherent in achieving work–life balance and utilizes a collaborative work style with a group of peer physicians. The model is designed to encourage the completion and collation of independently prepared sections of an academic paper within a setting that emphasizes social networking and collaboration. This approach has many similarities to the construction of a quilt during a “quilting bee.”


academic medical centers career mobility medical faculty mentor women physicians 


Conflict of Interest

None disclosed.


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© Society of General Internal Medicine 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anita P. Mayer
    • 1
  • Julia A. Files
    • 2
  • Marcia G. Ko
    • 2
  • Janis E. Blair
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Community Internal MedicineMayo ClinicScottsdaleUSA
  2. 2.Division of Mayo Clinic Women’s Health Internal MedicineMayo ClinicScottsdaleUSA
  3. 3.Division of Infectious DiseasesMayo ClinicScottsdaleUSA

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