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Women in Leadership in Intensive Care Medicine

Modra LJ, Yong SA, Austin DE

ICU Management and Practice; 16 (3): 174-6

There is a significant gender imbalance in positions of leadership in intensive care medicine. This complex problem requires action to ensure high quality and sustainable leadership for our specialty in the future.


Despite an increasing proportion of ‏women in the medical specialty ‏workforce, there are few female doctors ‏in positions of leadership in intensive care ‏medicine (ICM). This article explores reasons ‏for this gender imbalance, the implications for ‏our specialty and potential solutions. We focus ‏particularly on the situation in Australasia, but ‏present data from other regions where possible ‏to demonstrate that this is a widespread concern...

Gender Parity in Critical Care Medicine

Mehta S, Burns KEA, Machado FR et al American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2017; 196(4):425-429.

Clinical practice guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances. These documents inform and shape patient care around the world. In this Perspective we discuss the importance of diversity on guideline panels, the disproportionately low representation of women on critical care guideline panels, and existing initiatives to increase the representation of women in corporations, universities, and government. We propose five strategies to ensure gender parity within critical care medicine.


Despite increasing female enrolment into medical schools, persistent gender gaps exist in the physician workforce. There are limited published data on female representation in the critical care medicine workforce.


To obtain a global perspective, societies (n = 84; 79,834 members (40,363 physicians, 39,471 non-physicians)) registered with the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine were surveyed. Longitudinal data on female trainee and specialist positions between 2006-2017 were obtained from Australia and New Zealand. Data regarding leadership and academic faculty representation were also collected from national training bodies and other organisations of critical care medicine...

A recently published simulation study suggested that women are inferior leaders of cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts. The aim of this study was to compare female and male code leaders in regard to cardiopulmonary resuscitation outcomes in a real-world clinical setting.

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