25 Jan Female Radiation Oncologists Less Likely to Receive Industry Payments
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr. Ann Raldow MD MPH
Department of Radiation Oncology
David Geffen School of Medicine
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: Similar to women in other historically male-dominated fields, female radiation oncologists face unique obstacles in achieving many metrics of career success, including equal salary, research funding, and academic promotion. Our study of industry payments found that female radiation oncologists were less likely than their male colleagues to receive payments from industry and that these payments tended to be of smaller monetary value.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: The gender gap in industry payments to female radiation oncologists is concerning as industry relationships, controversies notwithstanding, can provide substantial career advantages in the form of professional advancement, financial support, and access to novel therapies. Furthermore, this difference in industry payments may more broadly represent the downstream result of systemic gender bias in other aspects of academic medicine.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?
Response: The identification of the gender gap in industry relationships is only a step toward greater parity in radiation oncology. The cause of the disparity is likely multifactorial and further research into why such a gap exists is needed. We hope that this study stimulates discussion as to how we as a community—regardless of gender—can best advocate for and work toward equality.
Weng JK, Valle LF, Nam GE, Chu F, Steinberg ML, Raldow AC. Evaluation of Sex Distribution of Industry Payments Among Radiation Oncologists. JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2(1):e187377. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.7377
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