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Eve Purdy

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 07:39

Dr. Archer, Thanks for writing this. It is a complex issue and a fascinating reality that we are slowly chipping away at...I admire what the CAPM and Department of Medicine are doing and hopefully the School of Medicine/Faculty of Health Sciences will follow suit. I was thankful to be at the table this fall for the SoM steering committee but was rather disheartened that only 3/20 around the table were women. I am currently doing my masters in anthropology, with a thesis likely to be from a feminist anthropology perspective. Today I came across the attached article for a class project. It is a traditional discourse analysis of letters of recommendation for promotion in a medical faculty (http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0957926503014002277 sorry for the pay wall). There are some tangible takeaways that we might consider when writing and reading letters of recommendation. The researchers found a higher volume of “letters of minimal assurance” (rather than letters of recommendation), gender-linked terms, references to personal life, and doubt-raising comments but lower volume of the use of additional titles and stand-out adjectives in women's letters. Furthermore, they found that the differential use of possessive phrases that portrayed women as students/teachers and men as researchers/professionals. The more hierarchical the organization - of which we can agree medicine is on an extreme end of the spectrum - the more likely these differences are related to the application of a gender schema and less likely they are to genuine difference in quality. Anyhow, worth the read both for their interesting methods and the thoughtful discussion. Another interesting review Some might also be interested in the site feminem.org - though emerg focused I think it is easily accessible and relevant to any budding medical feminist. Some of your faculty may be interested in a development conference organized through the group next fall called the FeminEM idea exchange (though again likely applicable beyond emergency medicine). Happy to chat feminism in medicine any time. Thanks for writing this. Hopefully you will inspire some deliberate feminists! Eve

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