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Understanding and Addressing Sexual Harassment in Academic Medicine

Year Published: 2022
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Understanding and Addressing Sexual Harassment in Academic Medicine

Sexual harassment is one of the critical issues academic medicine must resolve as a part of addressing equity and inclusion writ large. This report will help readers understand the prevalence and experiences of sexual harassment among U.S. medical school faculty in the workplace and learn about promising institutional practices to prevent and address harassment. 

 

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Understanding and Addressing Sexual Harassment in Academic Medicine
Year Published: 2022
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Designed for medical school faculty, department chairs, deans, administrative leaders, and others interested in advancing gender equity, and diversity and inclusion broadly. 

 

OVERVIEW AND BENEFITS

This report presents a first-of-its-kind analysis of the prevalence and experiences of sexual harassment among U.S. medical school faculty in the workplace. The analysis found that 22% of all faculty and 34% of women faculty experienced sexual harassment. It also found that: 

  • The highest rates of harassment among women faculty were in departments of anesthesiology and emergency medicine, and the lowest were in urology and radiology.   
  • Rates among faculty groups varied by gender, race/ethnicity, department, and age.  
  • Even for departments with a majority of women, such as pediatrics and OB-GYN, rates of harassment were similar to the overall average of 34%.   

The data presented in this report suggest that to drive and support retention, performance, and organizational excellence, medical schools must address sexual harassment and prevent it before it happens.

To that end, the report also shares innovative practices to prevent harassment that other institutions can readily adopt. Readers will learn about useful strategies for building cultures of prevention and inclusion in which anti-harassment efforts are integrated throughout institutional operating policies and procedures; are part of the institution’s larger diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy; and reinforce accountability for all members of the community, including leadership. 

 

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Number of Pages: 93 Year Published: 2022