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1 Are We Ready for a Woman in Charge? Maintaining Leadership in Surgery Julie Ann Freischlag, M.D. The William Stewart Halsted Professor Chair, Department of Surgery Surgeon – in – Chief The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

2 Elizabeth D.A. Magnus Cohen, M.D   Female Medical College of Pennsylvania   First woman physician licensed to practice medicine in Louisiana – 1857

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4   Cared for the people of the French Quarter from (yellow fever & smallpox)

5   Born in New York city   Married Aaron Cohen   5 children – only 1 into adulthood   Husband went to New Orleans to study surgery – she enrolled in Medical School in 1854   Did she graduate?

6   Began her practice 1857   Listed in directory as a midwife in   In 1869 – listed as a “Doctress”   1876 – Mrs. Elizabeth Cohen – physician   She reports no “discrimination” while training

7   1853 New Orleans Bee – female physician treating a male patient as incongruous and improper   1898 JAMA – blamed women for the decline in salaries and prestige of the medical profession   Medical schools began refusing to admit women

8   Did not lose a patient in 30 years   Nickname – “lucky hand”   Retired from practice in 1887   Ran sewing and linen room at Touro Infirmary until she died 1921 – age 101

9 Margaret D. Craighill, M.D   The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine   Maryland – Connecticut   Surgery – Obstetrics and Gynecology

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11   1898 Born – Southport, North Carolina   1921 graduated Phi Beta Kappa University of Wisconsin – followed by a M.S. degree   Physiologist in the chemical warfare department at the Army’s Edgewood (Maryland) Arsenal   Post graduate positions in gynecology, surgery and pathology at Johns Hopkins and Yale.

12   st woman physician to become a commissioned officer in the United States Army   Served as Dean of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania

13   private assistant in general surgery to Dr. J.A. McCreery at Bellevue Hospital, NY   Also had a private practice in OB/GYN in Greenwich, Connecticut and assistant surgeon and attending gynecologist at Greenwich Hospital   1940 acting Dean Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania   1941 WWII went into active service

14   1943 Sparkman – Johnson bill – allowing women to enter Army and Navy Medical Corps   One month later, she was the 1 st woman doctor to receive an Army Commission   WAC (160,000) – challenged the position that women were unsuited to a military role   Awarded Legion of Merit

15   1945 – consultant on women veteran’s medical care   Returned to Women’s Medical College and became a Psychiatrist.   Named Chief Psychiatrist at Connecticut College for Women in New London   Died at age 78 in Southbury, Connecticut

16 Benjy Frances Brooks, M.D   University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas   Pediatric Surgery   1960 first woman pediatric surgeon in Texas

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18   1918 – born in Lewisville, Texas   Performed operations on her sister’s dolls with manicure scissors at age 4   B.S. degree from North Texas State Teacher’s College at age of 19 – M.S. 2 years later   Taught high school for 4 years   1944 – entered University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston   Residencies at Penn & Children’s Medical Center in Boston   Became one of the 1 st women surgeons at Harvard

19   1957 – Glasgow, Scotland – Pediatric Surgery at Royal Hospital for Sick Children   Back to Boston – 1960 – back to Galveston – join 2 other male pediatric surgeons   Studied congenital defects, burn treatment, spleen reparation and the prevention of hepatitis   Benjy Brooks Foundation for Children – by parents of one of her patients. In Texas “you can go as far as you can push yourself.”

20 Tenley E. Albright, M.D   Harvard Medical School   Massachusetts   General Surgery

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22   Father was a surgeon   To be a doctor and an Olympic gold medalist in figure skating   Polio age 14   Won the silver medal in Oslo, Norway in 1952(5 consecutive US women’s singles titles in figure skating)

23   1953 entered Radcliffe – pre-med left Radcliffe in 1956   1955 Olympic Gold Medal winner – Cortina, Italy   1957 entered Harvard Medical School – 5 women out of 135   “there weren’t a lot of women faces, and there weren’t a lot of women to teach us either.”   Spent 23 years in private practice of surgery

24   3 grown daughters and lives in Brookline, MA and practices General Surgery   Consultant to National Library of Medicine’s Board of Regents   1988 US Figure Skating Associations Hall of Fame   “I was surprised to admit to myself that I liked surgery so much.”

25 Kathryn Dorothy Duncan Anderson, M.D   Harvard Medical School   Wash. DC/California   Pediatric Surgeon   2005 President, American College of Surgeons   1999 President, American Pediatric Surgery Association   1992 Chief of Surgery and VP of Surgery Children's Hospital Los Angeles

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27   Born 1939 Lancashire, England   1958 Cambridge University – Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees with honors   1964 applied to surgical residency at Harvard “women are too weak to be surgeons” – refused her   Boston Children’s – internship in pediatric medicine   1964 Georgetown – general surgery residency – 7 cases in 2 years   Community Hospitals – 700 cases / 12months   Children’s National Medical Center Washington, DC – 2 year fellowship in pediatric surgery   “My biggest obstacle was my gender”

28 “There are risks and costs to a program of action but they are far less than the long – range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.” John F. Kennedy

29 Society Total #Women Officers American College of Surgeons 54, (4.4) 4 American Surgical Association (2.2) 0 Society of University Surgeons (3.3) 0 (2000 – 01) Jonasson Surg 2002;131:672-5

30   Are there women in the pipeline?

31 Women Enrollment and Graduates U.S. Medical Schools Enrollment Graduates Total Women Total Women 1961 – 62 31, (6.3%) (5.5%0) 1971 – 72 43, (10.9%) (9.0%) 1981 – 82 66, (27.9%) (24.9%) 1991 – 92 65, (38.1%) (36.1%) 2001 – 02 65, (45.7%) (44.1%)

32 U.S. Seniors Matched to PGY1 by Specialty General Surgery (5.8%) 867(6.5%) 885(6.5%) 845(6.1%)

33 Specialty Certification Plans of Graduating Medical Students Neurologic Surgery Opthalmology Orthopedic/Hand Otolaryngology Plastic Surgery General Surgery Thoracic Surgery Urology Surgical Specialties

34 Women Residents 2002 – – 04 Total Women Total Women Neuro Surgery (9.9%) (12%) Ophthalmology (33.6%) (33.7%) Orthopedic (9.0%) (9.4%) Otolaryngology (19.9%) (21.4%) Plastic Surgery (26.2%) (21.%) General Surgery (25%) (25.4%) Thoracic Surgery ( 8.1%) (10.2%) Urology (13.9%) (15.2%)

35 GENERAL SURGERY COHORT GROUPS by GENDER CERTIFICATION Total # of# # Year Diplomates Male Female (98.6%) 13 (1.4%) (97.7%) 27 (2.3%) (97.5%) 26 (2.5%) (96.7%) 32 (3.3%) (95.8%) 44 (4.2%) (95.5%)43 (4.5%) (92.9%)61 (7.1%) (91.3%)80 (8.7%) (92.7%)68 (7.3%) (90.3%)83 (9.7%) (92.5%)72 (7.5%) (91.7%)84 (8.3%) RECERTIFICATION # Male # Female Recertified Recertified 554 (61.0%) 7 (53.8%) 742 (65.0%) 13 (48.1%) 694 (69.5%) 17 (65.4%) 682 (72.9%) 24 (75.0%) 738 (73.6%) 37 (84.1%) 709 (76.9%) 31 (72.1%) 617 (77.6%) 50 (82.0%) 635 (75.5%) 55 (68.8%) 655 (76.3%) 51 (75.0%) 611 (78.8%) 62 (74.7%) 715 (80.8%) 58 (80.6%) 734 (79.5%) 70 (83.3%)

36 GENERAL SURGERY COHORT GROUPS by GENDER CERTIFICATION Total # of# # Year*Diplomates Male Female (90.7%) 90 (9.3%) (89.8%) 100 (10.2%) (89.3%) 106 (10.7%) (88.7%) 113 (11.3%) (88.3%) 118 (11.7%) (87.9%) 117 (12.1%) (85.3%) 143 (14.7%) (85.5%) 148 (14.5%) (85.9%) 139 (14.1%) (84.3%) 150 (15.7%) RECERTIFICATION # Male # Female Recertified Recertified 706 (80.2%) 71 (78.9%) 693 (78.7%) 80 (80.0%) 661 (74.7%) 85 (80.2%) 573 (64.8%) 81 (71.7%) 334 (37.6%) 49 (41.5%) 72 (8.5%) 14 (12.0%)(%) (%) (%)

37 GENERAL SURGERY COHORT GROUPS by GENDER CERTIFICATION RECERTIFICATION Total # # # # # Diplomates Males Females Males Females (85.3%) 148 (14.7%) (%) (%) (80.2%) 207 (19.8%) (%) (%) (82.8%) 171 (17.2%) (%) (%) (81.4%) 185 (18.6%) (%) (%) (82.1%) 165 (17.9%) (%) (%) (78.1%) 234 (21.9%) (%) (%)

38 Vascular Surgery Cohort Groups by Gender Year Total # Diplomates #Male # Female (100.0%) 0 (0.0%) (99.7%) 1 (0.3%) (99.3%) 1 (0.7%) (97.3%) 2 (2.7%) (97.5%) 2 (2.5%) (95.8%) 4 (4.2%) (96.0%) 5 (4.0%) (97.6%) 3 (2.4%) (96.1%) 4 (3.9%) (96.1%) 4 (3.9%) (96.6%) 3 (3.4%) (96.2%) 3 (3.8%)

39 Vascular Surgery Cohort Groups by Gender Year Total # Diplomates # Male # Female (94.5%) 6 (5.5%) (95.2%) 4 (4.8%) (92.7%) 7 (7.3%) (91.1%) 7 (8.9%) (90.4%) 9 (9.6%) (90.6%) 10 (9.4%) (84.3%) 11 (15.7%) (84.8%) 15 (15.2%) (89.8%) 8 (7.6%) (87.7%) 3(12.3%) (89.8%) 10(10.2%)

40 Pediatric Surgery Cohort Groups by Gender Year Total # of Diplomates# Male # Female (100.0%) 0 (0.0%) (96.9%) 7 (3.1%) (92.9%) 5 (7.1%) (91.7%) 2 (8.3%) (100.0%) 0 (0.0%) (93.0%) 3 (7.0%) (100.0%) 0 (0.0%) (87.9%) 4 (12.1%) (93.3%) 2 (6.7%) (83.8%) 6 (16.2%)

41 Pediatric Surgery Cohort Groups by Gender YearTotal # of Diplomates # Male # Female (77.1%) 8 (22.9%) (76.9%) 9 (23.1%) (87.8%) 6 (12.2%) (89.5%) 6 (10.5%) (88.9%) 7 (11.1%) (83.0%) 9 (17.0%) (78.3%) 13 (21.7%)

42 Surgical Critical Care Cohort Groups by Gender Year Total # of Diplomates # Male # Female (100.0%) 0 (0.0%) (95.1%) 4 (4.9%) (91.3%) 15 (8.7%) (88.0%)13 (12.0%) (89.4%)14 (10.6%) (89.2%)18 (10.8%) (92.3%) 16 (7.7%) (88.6%)22 (11.4%) (90.7%) 24 (9.3%) (81.0%)15 (19.0%)

43 Surgical Critical Care Cohort Groups by Gender Year Total # of Diplomates # Male # Female (81.8%) 14 (18.2%) (84.3%) 13 (15.7%) (86.5%) 10 (13.5%) (75.8%) 15 (24.2%) (83.6%) 12 (16.4%) (83.3%) 13 (16.7%) (81.0%) 15 (19.0%)

44   “You can let the women into the specialty of surgery, but if you do not let them lead, they will leave.” Haile Debas, M.D. President, American Surgical Association 2002

45 Top 5 Reasons Surgery is Ready for Women in Charge 1. Future Oriented Department Chair   Emotional Competence   Develops others   Able to build and lead a team   Resilience   Strong Communication Skills Grigsby et al Acad Med 2004;79:571-77

46 Core Values – Department of Surgery Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions   Integrity *   Teamwork*   Communication   Trust*   Respect* * of the top 6 leadership skills rated by Deans Souba et al Acad Med 2006;81:20-26

47 2. “Lucy – I’m home!” Ricky Ricardo There are women in the pipeline to be available for leadership positions and women are needed in leadership positions to mentor those in the pipeline…. And so on….

48 3. Lessons Learned from Business We have moved from the “clan” – (parent figure, loyalty #1, internal flexibility) to “the market” – (competitive marketplace, measurements of success). To do that we need a diverse leadership - Shuck JM, AJS. 2002;183(4):

49 4. The Daughter Theory There is nothing more powerful than powerful men surgeons raising brilliant and motivated daughters – who are out in the workplace – and experiencing the good, the bad and the ugly. My professors look at me and understand my issues, my style and my talents because they look at their daughters and see the same. Thank you to all the daughters in the world!

50 5. Diversity Can be Spoken Aloud We now have retreats, mission statements, search committees and recognition of our diversity – can be gender, race, where one is born, where one went to school, height, weight, etc – even though we all have prejudices – by verbalizing them they become less critical for exclusion and more critical for inclusion.

51 5 Reasons Women are not ready to be in charge 1. 1.Perception and reality that women surgeons remain single and childless as compared to men in surgery and other women in medicine. To get to the top, one has to give up too much personally.

52 2. Perception and reality that women surgeons (other women physicians as well) get paid less. It is better to “count your money while sitting at the table.”

53 3. 3.Perception and reality that women are discriminated against and are harassed in surgery.   To get to the top, you will have to put up with too much hostility (?clan)   There are not enough women in leadership positions.

54 4. Perception and reality that the job is not ok – requirements to succeed are too demanding, the rules are wrong, the time spent is not rewarding and it is not “fun.”

55 5. Perception and reality that the Deans, Presidents and CEO’s have not “bought in” – that they really don’t want a woman in charge; but they have to.

56 Lessons Learned   Need a flexible pace   Need to admit you’re wrong   Never can listen too much   *Be yourself ASAP   Keep your sense of humor   Enjoy it along the way – Wilson   50% of the day is fine – Stabile   Those complaining - that’s your job - (Youkey)   Keep your family in the loop   Respond to crisis with your heart and mind – (Passaro).

57 We need to recognize that diversity – managing and leading across differences – is not an initiative or a program; it should be a competency that anyone who manages people must learn if he or she is to be an effective leader.

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