Episode 27, Part 1: Gender Equity in Medicine with Nancy Spector

Medical Education

On this episode, host Jason Woods speaks with Dr. Nancy Spector, Professor of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine, and Executive Director of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program, about gender equity issues in medicine. Dr. Spector is a frequent speaker on this issue and was the lead author on an article last year outlining the progress, barriers, and opportunities for women in pediatrics (see reference below).

This is part one of a two-part discussion. In part one, Dr. Spector focuses on outlining the scope of the issues and provides strategies for decreasing the equity gap and increasing opportunities for women at all levels of academic medicine.

I want to send out a big thanks to Kellen Vu, who serve as audio producer for this episode!


Nancy Spector MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Associated Dean for Faculty Development, Drexel University College of Medicine


  1. Spector ND, Asante PA, Marcelin JR, et al. Women in Pediatrics: Progress, Barriers, and Opportunities for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Pediatrics. 2019;144(5):e20192149. doi:10.1542/peds.2019-2149.
  2. Cruz M, Bhatia D, Calaman S, et al. Senior author: Spector N. The Mentee-Driven Approach to Mentoring Relationships and Career Success: Benefits for Mentors and Mentees. MedEdPortal. 2015; Sept. doi:10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10201

Additional Resources – Things Dr. Spector mentioned for additional information

  1. ELAM Website
  2. Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation – book from Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever
  3. Harvard Business Review – “What’s Holding Women in Medicine Back from Leadership”
  4. Be Ethical campaign

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