It Is Time for Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment in Academic Medicine

Carol K. Bates, Reshma Jagsi, Lynn K. Gordon, Elizabeth Travis, Archana Chatterjee, Marin Gillis, Olivia Means, Linda Chaudron, Rebecca Ganetzky, Martha Gulati, Barbara Fivush, Poonam Sharma, Amelia Grover, Diana Lautenberger, Terence R. Flotte

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Abstract

While more women are in leadership positions in academic medicine now than ever before in U.S. history, evidence from recent surveys of women and graduating medical students demonstrates that sexual harassment continues in academic health centers. Academic medicine's ability to change its culture is hampered by victims' fear of reporting episodes of harassment, which is largely due to fear of retaliation. In this Perspective, the authors describe efforts in scientific societies to address the issue of sexual harassment and to begin to establish safe environments at national meetings. The authors contend that each institution must work to make it safe for individuals to come forward, to provide training for victims and for bystanders, and to abolish "locker room" talk that is demeaning to women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-165
Number of pages3
JournalAcademic Medicine
Volume93
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

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    Bates, C. K., Jagsi, R., Gordon, L. K., Travis, E., Chatterjee, A., Gillis, M., Means, O., Chaudron, L., Ganetzky, R., Gulati, M., Fivush, B., Sharma, P., Grover, A., Lautenberger, D., & Flotte, T. R. (2018). It Is Time for Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment in Academic Medicine. Academic Medicine, 93(2), 163-165. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0000000000002050