Indian Journal of Rheumatology

: 2022  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 103-

Gender disparity in Indian rheumatology

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

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Dr. Suma Balan
Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Amrita Vishwavidyapeetham, Kochi, Kerala

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

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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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