October 2, 2020
Despite the fact that the majority of medical students are now women, there still exists a major gender gap within several fields, including the specialty of cardiology. For adult cardiology, practicing women physicians make up only 18% of the work force. Even pediatric cardiology remains a male-dominated field within pediatrics; only one-third of board-certified practitioners are female. It naturally follows that these disproportions become even more profound in academic leadership; currently, there are six female division chiefs of pediatric cardiology out of more than 50 academic programs in the U.S.