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F098 - Closing the Gender Gap in Academic Dermatology and Dermatology Leadership: Problems and Solutions

Sunday, February 18; 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Learning Objectives

Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Identify challenges faced in dermatology careers, particularly by women, at home and in the workplace.
  • Discuss strategies for time efficiency and work-life balance.
  • Explore leadership and communication styles and ways that men can support women in leadership positions.


Women currently are the majority of dermatology trainees. Although strides have been made, women remain underrepresented in leadership positions. Lack of mentorship, lack of leadership training, differing leadership styles, and bias towards gender roles may contribute to these disparities. In this interactive session, a panel of dermatologists in various career stages will discuss topics focused on helping women be successful in leadership positions. The panel will share tips and pearls for success and balance in any career path in dermatology; audience interaction is encouraged. Although focusing on women, we strongly encourage participation by all genders.


  • Grant-Kels, Jane Margaret, MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • James, William D., MD: Elsevier Inc. – O(OB); WebMD – O(H);
  • Shinohara, Michi, MD: Actelion – I(S); Elorac, Inc. – I(S); Solgenix, Inc. – I(S);
  • Wanat, Karolyn, MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
Sunday, February 18
1:00 PM
Dr. Shinohara / Introduction: Framing the Issues
1:05 PM
Dr. Shinohara / Presenting Gravitas: Tips for Being Taken Seriously at Work
1:20 PM
/ Questions/Comments
1:25 PM
Dr. James / Supporting Successful Women
1:45 PM
/ Questions/Comments
1:50 PM
Dr. Wanat / Managing the 2 Career Household
2:10 PM
/ Questions/Comments
2:15 PM
Dr. Grant-Kels / Mentor-Mentee Relationships: Gender-Specific Differences
2:35 PM
All faculty / Panel Discussion
Event Details
  • Date
    Sunday, February 18
  • Time
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Location
    Room 24C
  • CME Credits
  • Type
  • Michi Shinohara, MD, FAAD
  • Jane Margaret Grant-Kels, MD, FAAD - Handout
  • Karolyn Wanat, MD, FAAD
  • William D. James, MD, FAAD