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In this paper, I have examined how gender bias is perpetuated in the medical field through examining the lack of women in leadership positions. I looked at the efforts of Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and the University of California Davis to correct these institutional biases and facilitate a change for women. I used criteria suggested by Professor Shelley Correll from Stanford to scrutinize the methods implemented by the respective medical schools. I also examined the available data to determine effectiveness. I concluded that the University of California Davis Medical School Women in Medical and Health Science program had the most effective program to gain more women in leadership positions at their medical school. I recommend that other medical schools and teaching hospitals adopt their progressive and inclusive program.


Winning Research Paper, Dean James E. McLeod Freshman Writing Prize, 2016