EmpowerHER: Cultivating Upstander Skills Against Microaggressions Women in Medicine Experience

Women remain underrepresented in academic medicine, particularly at senior levels. One possible explanation for this disparity is gender-based microaggressions, of which bullying is the most harmful form. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s project aims to understand the extent to which women in academic medicine experience microaggressions, particularly bullying.

Their proposed study will determine the extent to which women in medicine experience microaggressions, particularly bullying, so they can develop curricula to foster upstander skills. They will 1) estimate the prevalence by determining the proportion of women in academic medicine who experience microaggressions, particularly bullying; 2) evaluate the nature of the perpetrators including their gender, roles, and status; and 3) determine how bullying behaviors differ by the characteristics of perpetrators. This study will add to the knowledge of existing gender mistreatment in medicine.

They propose a mixed methods study, implementing a screening survey to determine the overall proportion of microaggressions experienced by women in medicine. Following the survey and interviews with participants, they will develop and deliver workshops targeting upstander skills development, particularly tactical tools women leaders can use to promote civility and respect, support victims, and correct unprofessional behaviors in the work environment.

Grant Details

  • Organization Type: Hospitals / healthcare systems
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  • Grant Size: $96
  • Year: 2021
  • State: OH