So far, I have been discussing the role and contribution of women in the healthcare industry. I have been researching extensively on the subject, especially in the USA and South American countries. I came across many women speaking about gender discrimination. There was also a talk about the underrepresentation of women in the industry. But no one spoke about the causes and possible solutions. Here, I found a big gap which no one is ready to fill. Let me tell you about some of my experiences.
Women in Healthcare Leadership
Women play the roles of doctors, nurses, assistants, surgeons, gynecologists, and many others. However, I have hardly come across a few women working as deans in hospitals or leaders in healthcare units. Most of the units are managed by men at the top positions. I wanted to find out how it could have an impact on the role of women in healthcare units.
Recruitment of women seems to be higher when the interviewers at the top position are also women. Men may have a tendency to underestimate the talent and potential of women for leadership positions. It could be a phobia or practical conditions during the time of interviews and recruitments. It is a subject which needs the attention of not only the selectors but also the leaders like deans.
Many of the top interviewers are of the view that recruitment should consider merit and experience as parameters. I came across many hospitals with the opinion “If there is a male leader with higher experience than a female with better talent and lower experience, the obvious preference could go to the male.”
Experience and specialization seem to be highest on their priority listing. So, they may prefer to choose more males than females. “Women can achieve these two goals if they are given the opportunity at the right time. The present system seems to be insensitive to such a thinking”, has been the opinion of many women health specialists working under male leaders.
Who or what are the real obstacles on women’s path to higher leadership? I tried to research at higher levels like hospitals and healthcare unit. But I couldn’t find a satisfactory answer. Then I changed my approach and went to the roots like the colleges and universities.
The students were of the opinion that gender bias starts from the first day in the classrooms. Male students are considered as better competitors for higher level jobs, while the women were still in the nursing, gynecology, and other jobs in the middle and lower categories. Evaluation and categorization
Many of the female students have reportedly faced discrimination at the licensing examinations. Standardized tests and performance evaluations also seem to be affected by gender discrimination.
I feel women should have an independent university where the top positions from dean are taken up by females.
The evaluation and recruitment process could get better than what it is now. Well, think about it and continue reading my blog articles.