Why so few female physicians agree to interview about their work?
I get 10-20x worse rate of response from female physicians to talk about their research and clinical expertise vs. male doctors of the same seniority. Eminent physician and medical educator, Dr. Marshall Wolf, is equally puzzled:
The goal of this project is to interview at least a thousand top leaders in medicine around the world. And we get around ten to twenty times worse rate of response from female physicians than from male physicians, from people of similar seniority, both in the United States and in Europe. So I have one interview with female medical expert for every 50 interviews with male medical experts. But women make over 50% of people who view the videos, and women make a lot of very important health care decisions in a family, around the world. So I’m very much bothered by that ratio and I would certainly like to have a 50 / 50 % of interviews with female and male physicians. How to improve the positive response rate from the female physicians? So that [gender mix of] interviews could be more balanced to that of people who view the videos. I have no idea why that is. I mean, that’s interesting. My wife is a physician and so, you know, I would’ve thought if you had asked her, she would be glad to give you an interview, it would’ve been much more interested than talking to me… I trained 400 – 500, maybe a 1,000… more likely between 400 and 700 female physicians, and I think most of them would also be willing to speak to you. But I have no idea of why your response rate is off, different [between males and females]. I was puzzled, but it became a very apparent fact. I hear your comment and I accept your data, but I have no idea of why that should be, and I am surprised… Dr. Wolf, thank you very much for this conversation, I appreciate your time and it will be very interesting for viewers around the world, and we hope to be able to come back to you and perhaps to your wife in the future. Thank you for training thousands of physicians and for being an inspiration for many thousands more! – You are welcome, thank you for the interview!