Episode 27, Part 2: Cross-gender Mentoring in Medicine with Nancy Spector

Education, 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 is the lead author on an article published last year outlining the progress, barriers, and opportunities for women in pediatrics (see reference below).

This is part two of a two-part discussion. In part two, Dr. Spector focuses on mentoring across different genders. She provides strategies for successful mentorship, guidance on being a genuine ally without appropriating, and how to help your mentee seek out additional mentorship in areas where you may not have sufficient skill.

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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