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#MeToo Meets Medicine: Philly doctors fight sex harassment, pay gaps by joining Time’s Up Healthcare

Sexual harassment and yawning pay gaps in American medicine are so common that female physicians and nurses nationwide banded together this year to form Time’s Up Healthcare, and Philadelphia now has its own chapter.

Signatories include some of Philadelphia’s most prominent doctors, medical schools, and hospitals, including Temple, Drexel, Einstein, and Penn State.

Medicine has long been a bastion of male doctors and faculty, particularly in academic hospitals, say the new group’s 50 or so members.

“There’s disproportionate power in many hospitals and universities” both nationally and in Philly, said Darilyn Moyer, CEO of the Philadelphia-based American College of Physicians, the largest physician specialty society. “Who are deans of medical schools and chairs of departments? Heads of divisions within departments? It’s not equal among men and women, that’s clear.”

For female doctors, pay gaps persist. Generally, male doctors earn 25% more than female counterparts, yet more than half of medical students are women for two years running. And nearly half of female medical students said they had been harassed by faculty or staff.  […]

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