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Join NeurologyLive and the Women Neurologists Group on Twitter to celebrate women in neurology on National Women Physicians Day.
The number of women in neurology has been steadily increasing over the last 20 years, with more than 31% of the current American Academy of Neurology membership being women, up from 19% in 1998.1 Still, fewer than 1 in 3 academic neurologists are women,2 and over 42% have reported symptoms of burnout.3
Facing an uphill battle of gender disparity, women neurologists are working to have a more prominent voice and presence in the field’s most esteemed leadership positions, helping to pave the way for incoming specialists. In fact, 2020 will be the first year that women will hold all officer positions on the AAN Board of Directors.
On National Women Physicians Day, February 3, 2020, join NeurologyLive for its first Mind Moments tweet chat cohosted by the Women Neurologists Group.
Together, @Neurology_Live and @WNGtweets will highlight important topics relevant to today’s women neurologists, including mentorship, barriers to success, how to maximize social media for your career, and how to decompress.
The questions that will be addressed in the tweet chat are:
1. What are some of the challenges of being a woman neurologist?
2. How you do successfully advocate for yourself?
3. What is the best advice you have received from a mentor?
4. How has social media helped you to connect with other women neurologists?
5. What do you do to unplug?
The tweet chat will begin promptly on February 3, 2020 at 8PM EST. Look out for the banner below indicating that the chat is about to start. Questions will be posted by @Neurology_Live and retweeted by @WNGtweets. To participate in the conversation, be sure to include the #mindmoments and #womeninneurology hashtags in your tweets to ensure that your responses appear in the tweet chat feed.
Ahead of the chat, be sure to follow the NeurologyLive and Women Neurologists Group Twitter accounts so that you don’t miss any of the conversation:
1. Gender Disparity Task Force Report. American Academy of Neurology. Published 2017. aan.com/conferences-community/member-engagement/Learn-About-AAN-Committees/committee-and-task-force-documents/gender-disparity-task-force-report/. Accessed January 31, 2020.
2. McDermott M, Gelb DJ, Wilson K, et al. Sex differences in academic rank and publication rate at top-ranked US neurology programs. JAMA Neurol. 2018;75(8):956—961. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2018.0275.
3. Moore LR, Ziegler C, Hessler A, Singhal D, Lafaver K. Burnout and career satisfaction in women neurologists in the United States. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2019;28(4):515-525. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2017.6888.