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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 103

Gender disparity in Indian rheumatology


Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India

Date of Submission17-May-2021
Date of Acceptance04-Jun-2021
Date of Web Publication16-Feb-2022

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Suma Balan
Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Amrita Vishwavidyapeetham, Kochi, Kerala
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/injr.injr_94_21

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Balan S. Gender disparity in Indian rheumatology. Indian J Rheumatol 2022;17:103

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Balan S. Gender disparity in Indian rheumatology. Indian J Rheumatol [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Oct 1];17:103. Available from: https://www.indianjrheumatol.com/text.asp?2022/17/1/103/337798



Dear Editor,

The article “Does Gender gap exist in Indian Rheumatology” by Mohansundaram K et al. for interesting reading. Through a very simple methodology, it is clear that, despite the rising number of female medical graduates as well the increase in women doctors taking up rheumatology as a profession, the translation to increased numbers at higher levels of academia is lacking. It is all the more striking as this is a field which has the greater majority of female patients. However, this does seem to echo the findings of similar studies across the globe in other fields, even if the levels of disparity are less severe.[1],[2],[3],[4] Overall, science and the patients will benefit when all talent can be harnessed appropriately, so it is important that the reasons for this disparity are identified and suitably addressed. Perhaps, the recently established women in rheumatology group will help to foster and mentor change.

Hopefully, a similar study performed after 10 years will show a different picture.

Thanking you

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Arora A, Kaur Y, Dossa F, Nisenbaum R, Little D, Baxter NN. Proportion of female speakers at academic medical conferences across multiple specialties and regions. JAMA Netw Open 2020;3:e2018127.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Mahmood SN, Blanco I. The road to equity for women in academic rheumatology. Nat Rev Rheumatol 2020;16:669-70.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Jorge A, Bolster M, Fu X, Blumenthal DM, Gross N, Blumenthal KG, et al. The association between physician gender and career advancement among academic rheumatologists in the United States. Arthritis Rheumatol 2021;73:168-72.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Bagga E, Stewart S, Gamble GD, Hill J, Grey A, Dalbeth N. Representation of women as authors of rheumatology research articles. Arthritis Rheumatol 2021;73:162-7.  Back to cited text no. 4
    




 

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