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Invitation to Cover: Climbing the Ladder Toward Equal Representation

Women Physicians Gather at Penn to Boost Advancement, Leadership


(PHILADELPHIA) -- Although women have accounted for nearly half of all medical students for more than a decade, they remain underrepresented among those teaching the new generation of doctors, filling just 33 percent of medical faculty posts nationwide. At the most senior rank, full professor, women make up only 17 percent of instructors. The gap has important costs for patients, too, since gender-diverse medical teams include a mix of skills, interests and creative strengths that can lead to innovations in patient care.


The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women’s tenth annual conference, aimed at promoting the retention and advancement of female medical school faculty members. Women leaders in medicine and business will present strategies for breaking through today’s barriers to success in academic medicine.


  • ·         Dr. Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, presenting “Women and Medicine --How to Make It a Reality.” Dr. Freischlag is the chair of the Department of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.
  • ·         Dr. Stephanie Abbuhl, MD, FOCUS Executive Director and Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, will be available for interviews with the media.
  • ·         Female members of Penn departments including pediatrics, psychiatry, radiology, neuroscience, genetics and many others will be available for interviews.


The Hilton Inn at Penn, Woodlands Ballroom

3600 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA


Friday, November 16, 2007
Media welcome 11 AM to 1:45 PM


For more information about FOCUS or women’s roles in academic medicine, visit



PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care.  PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.


Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools.  Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.


The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals, all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.

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