Nearly 46% of medical school graduates are women, yet women physicians remain underrepresented in leadership roles. A recent report on The State of Women in Academic Medicine notes that women make up nearly 50% of medical school applicants, but only 21% of full professors, 16% of deans, and 15% of department chairs. This inequality extends into—and impacts—the entire clinical care team as well.
The Leadership Empowerment and Development: Enriching Experiences for Women in Hematology and Oncology (LEAD) Conference is aiming to explore the most pertinent advances regarding women in hematology and oncology and hopes to help empower women physicians with a greater ability to navigate their careers and achieve leadership roles.
The 2-day conference will take place October 4–5 in Santa Monica, California, and will provide clinical updates, career development workshops, and professional networking opportunities. The LEAD conference will be certified for continuing education credits for physicians and contact hours for nurses.
Julie Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO
“During our usual academic interactions, we often don’t have time or expertise to discuss the critical issues that women face in oncology,” said Julie Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, Co-Chair of the LEAD Conference. “This is a unique opportunity to interact with women in oncology from a variety of backgrounds and experiences."