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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 82

The XX factor


1 Department of Pathology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Radiology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Department of Surgical Oncology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication21-Jan-2016

Correspondence Address:
Rashmi Patnayak
Department of Pathology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati - 517 507, Andhra Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-9727.174668

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Patnayak R, Settipalli S, Jena A. The XX factor. Muller J Med Sci Res 2016;7:82

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Dear Editor,

In India, the attitude of the general public toward working women in medical and other fields are not encouraging, to say the least. Usually, many female medical personnel are considered not to be at par with their male counterparts as far as efficiency is considered. In fact, all over the world, the working women are expected to manage both professional and personal life with equal grace and competency. And since there is talk of gender equality in every field, naturally working women are not expected to get any concession from the society. Therefore, majority of the time, women are expected to sacrifice and they do sacrifice or compromise their upcoming career for the comfort of the home front. Still it is heartening to note that they manage to excel and continue to do so in the male-dominated world. There are pioneers in almost every field who have shown the way ahead.

In this context, the views expressed by V. Noronha in the article "The X factor: An Indian perspective on women in academic oncology" brings to notice some interesting facts. [1] She has echoed the sentiments of not only medical oncologists but also many female physicians across India. A typical day in the life of a female physician does involve fulfilling many academic as well as family responsibilities. And many a time one of these takes a back seat. Some of the solutions to these problems described by her are thought provoking and worth a try.

In order to achieve better efficiency out of the women employees there is need of a few good men who will understand the extra needs of the women, especially related to child care. [2] They may be willing to share the work burden at odd times. In other words, there should be a good support or backup system available at the workplace to achieve maximum efficiency out of the workforce.

According to another article published in the journal "Academic Medicine", more academics seek work-life balance and believe that part-time is an option to maintain the balance. [3] Various changes in the form of creation of part-time career options, onsite childcare facilities, and elimination of after-hour meetings are required to encourage and support the women faculty. [3] By implementing some of the measures, such as flexible working hours and protected research time, we can hope to have a better workforce and research team without any gender bias.

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1.
Noronha V. The X factor: An Indian perspective on women in academic oncology. J Can Res Ther 2013;9:552-5.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Carr PL, Ash AS, Friedman RH, Scaramucci A, Barnett RC, Szalacha L, et al. Relation of family responsibilities and gender to the productivity and career satisfaction of medical faculty. Ann Intern Med 1998;129:532-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Harrison RA, Gregg JL. A time for change: An exploration of attitudes toward part-time work in academia among women internists and their division chiefs. Acad Med 2009;84:80-6.  Back to cited text no. 3
    




 

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