Society for women in academic psychiatry: A peer mentoring approach

Andreea L. Seritan, Robinder Bhangoo, Sylvia Garma, Jane Dubé, Robert E Hales

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-366
Number of pages4
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Education


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