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[Comment] Mentoring women in medicine: a personal perspective

About half of the medical students in the USA and European Union are women,1,2 but leadership in medicine globally does not reflect this gender balance. In a survey by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), women comprised half the instructors and assistant professors in 2015–16, but only 20–33% of full professors and only 15% of chairs and deans were women.1 Women are also under-represented as journal authors, on editorial boards, and as speakers at medical meetings.3,4 However, in a large survey by the Canadian Rheumatology Association women were found to work fewer hours and see fewer patients per week than men, which could partly explain less promotion to leadership roles.