President-Elect (Roberta Gebhard D.O.) and Executive Director (Eliza Chin M.D.) with founder of the #MeToo Movement, Tarana Burke at the WOMEN RULE Summit in Washington D.C. December 5, 2017.
The #MeToo campaign was created as a movement against sexual assault and sexual harassment. Tarana Burke is a social activist and the founder of the #MeToo movement. She began using this phrase as early as 2006. In October of 2017, the campaign went viral as actress Alyssa Milano urged those affected by sexual harassment to Tweet about it. From there it spread to a phenomenon as millions simply posted #metoo on social media websites as a demonstration of the volume of women affected by sexual harassment.
Women worldwide are affected by sexual harassment in their everyday lives. The medical field is not an exception to this issue. #MeTooMedicine came about shortly after the #MeToo campaign went viral and is a testament to the difficulties that women face in the medical field. For so many years this phenomenon was not talked about. The #MeTooMedicine campaign sheds light on this issue and brings attention to the population of women that have so long stayed quiet.
This webpage offers resources to learn about the prevalence of sexual harassment in medicine and resources that can be used to help women that find themselves in this situation.
It is Time for Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment in Academic Medicine (Bates CK, Jagsi R, Gordon LK, Travis E, Chatterjee A, Gillis M, Means O, Chaudron L, Ganetzky R, Gulati M, Fivush B, Sharma P, Grover A, Lautenberger D, Flotte TR., 2018)
Faculty Perceptions of Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment in Academic Medicine (Phyllis L. Carr, MD; Arlene S. Ash, PhD; Robert H. Friedman, MD; Laura Szalacha, EDM; Rosalind C. Barnett, PhD; Anita Palepu, MD, MPH; Mark M. Moskowitz, MD)
Harassment and Discrimination in Medical Training: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (Fnais, Naif MS; Soobiah, Charlene; Chen, Maggie Hong PhD, MSc; Lillie, Erin MSc; Perrier, Laure MLIS; Tashkhandi, Mariam MD; Straus, Sharon E. MD, MSc; Mamdani, Muhammad PharmD, MA, MPH; Al-Omran, Mohammed MD, MSc; Tricco, Andrea C. PhD, MSc. Academic Medicine: May 2014 – Volume 89 – Issue 5 – p 817–827.)
Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment in Medical Education: Perspectives Gained by a 14-school Study (Nora, Lois Margaret MD, JD; McLaughlin, Margaret A. MD; Fosson, Sue E. MA; Stratton, Terry D. PhD; Murphy-Spencer, Amy EdS; Fincher, Ruth-Marie E. MD; German, Deborah C. MD; Seiden, David PhD; Witzke, Donald B. PhD, 2002)
Does Students’ Exposure to Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment in Medical School Affect Specialty Choice and Residency Program Selection? (Stratton, Terry D. PhD; McLaughlin, Margaret A. MD; Witte, Florence M. MA; Fosson, Sue E. MA; Nora, Lois Margaret MD, JD)
Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine(2018)
- Episode 10: #MeToo in the medical field, part 1: Dr. Reshma Jagsi on harassment
- Episode 11: #MeToo in the medical field, part 2: Dr. Tiffani Bell & David Gabor on consequences
If you are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, you are not alone. RAINN is the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the nation and can link you with the help that you need.