Positive association of a women’s continuing medical education conference on career advancement and promotion

Shivani Mukkamala, Priscila Rodrigues Armijo, Laura Flores, Sasha K. Shillcutt

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Women physicians are underrepresented in leadership positions across medical specialties. Understanding factors that improve women’s promotion metrics may lead to career and leadership advancement. This study examined if a woman-centered Continuing Medical Education (CME) conference is associated with differences in productivity metrics toward career advancement. The authors conducted a cross-sectional survey study of women physicians attending a national woman-centered CME conference for professional growth, wellness and networking in September 2019. The survey measured promotion metrics achieved in the year prior to the conference and compared them with previous attendees. Of 425 women attendees of the conference, 389 (91.5%) respondents completed the survey. Respondents were divided into two groups for analysis: first time (FT) attendees, and those that attended the conference previously (PV). In the year preceding the survey, PV attendees were more likely to have published a manuscript as first-author or co-author in a peer-reviewed journal (17.5% vs. 9.7%, p = 0.029), given a talk in their area of practice (48.3% vs. 27.9%, p < 0.001) and to have mentored at least one peer (40.8% vs. 27.5%, p = 0.009) and to have asked for a promotion (15.8% vs. 8.6%, p = 0.033) than FT. As compared to first-time conference attendees, women physicians who previously attended a woman-centered CME conference were more likely to achieve career performance metrics including publications and speaking engagements in the preceding year. This study demonstrated a positive association of Women-centered CME conferences in career advancement metrics for women in medicine and suggests further studies on this and other women-centered CME conferences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1981127
JournalMedical Education Online
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021


  • Women in medicine
  • continuing medical education
  • gender equity
  • physician support structures
  • women physicians

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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