Completing a doctoral program is a daunting journey for any individual. Working full-time and juggling personal demands make the journey more complex. This monograph explores the unique motivations women who travel this path possess, identifies barriers in completion of a doctoral program for women, and tells the story of one group of women who developed a working model for a supportive writing group. As numbers of female health professions students and education leaders increase, institutions must identify mechanisms for support of women interested in pursuing an academic doctoral degree, preparing academic institutions for future diversity changes in health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-804
Number of pages10
JournalMedical Science Educator
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • Doctoral studies
  • Gender
  • Women
  • Writing group

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Education


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