What is it about?

There is a large discrepancy in pay, promotion, visibility, research funding, etc. between white male physicians and all other physicians in the US. Being cognizant of this unfairness, which begets further unfairness, allows healthcare leaders to aggressively address it and promote physicians who may appear 'non-traditional' to them, and level the playing field.

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Why is it important?

We take care of diverse patients. When women physicians and physicians of color are paid less for the same work, are disregarded in terms of promotion or leadership, are passed over for presentations and funding, our health suffers. We can see anger, depression, and frustration. This is not healthy for our selves or our patients. When our patients can receive care from happy, healthy physicians who more and more look and sound like them, our society will benefit.


I've heard 'girls don't go into surgery' and 'why do you want to be paid - doesn't your husband work?' too many times to count. I thought this was because I trained in the late 1980s and early 1990s but women and URM physicians continue to experience this. It is beyond time to change this, for everyone's health.

Sujana Chandrasekhar
Northwell Health

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This page is a summary of: Equality Promotes Wellness, Otolaryngology, February 2018, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0194599818760260.
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