Emergency medicine is a male-dominated field. Although the medical field has shifted overall to near gender parity for enrolled medical students, only 27 percent of emergency physicians are women.2,3 Evidence suggests women are also at a statistical disadvantage in emergency medicine training. A recent article found that women training in emergency medicine received inconsistent feedback on their work when compared to men. While men were consistently told how to improve clinical skills, women received conflicting advice, often centering on assertiveness and confidence.4
Another study found that while women and men entered emergency medicine training with similar skill sets, by the end of residency, men achieved training milestones at a higher rate than women. The achievement gap was measured as equivalent to a full three to four months of training.5
We must ask ourselves what sort of culture exists in our field that causes women to fall behind.