Association of Academic Physiatrists Women's Task Force Follow-up Report

Julie K. Silver, Sara Cuccurullo, Lyn Weiss, Christopher Visco, Gwendolyn Sowa, Mooyeon Oh-Park, Danielle Perret Karimi, Walter R. Frontera, Talya K. Fleming, Glendaliz Bosques, Anne Felicia Ambrose, Tiffany Knowlton

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The Association of Academic Physiatrists convened a Women's Task Force in 2016, under the leadership of then Association of Academic Physiatrists President Gerard Francisco, MD, to evaluate data and metrics pertaining to the representation and inclusion of female physiatrists in the society. An initial published report focused on a retrospective analysis of data in categories such as leadership, conference presentations, and recognition awards. The findings, which highlighted areas in which the Association of Academic Physiatrists had been successful in supporting gender equity as well as areas in which female physiatrists were underrepresented, provided a base from which to strategically focus on closing gaps in representation. The task force developed an action plan that was approved by the Board of Trustees and included strategies aimed at closing gaps and collecting data to determine corresponding effectiveness. Because most of the categories fell under the supervision of various Association of Academic Physiatrists committees, an appointee from each committee ("diversity steward") liaised with the Women's Task Force. The diversity stewards reviewed the plan with their respective committees and collected data within their committee's purview. This task force follow-up report documents recent progress, consistent with the Association of Academic Physiatrists Board of Trustees commitment to transparency and gender equity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)610-619
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Education
  • Female Physicians
  • Leadership
  • Medical
  • Medical Education
  • Physicians
  • Societies
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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