The Office for Women's Careers

The Office for Women's Careers (OWC) offers opportunities for women faculty to network across departments, serves as an advocacy and mentoring resource, and provides a forum for support, education and discussion. The OWC is built on the foundation of the Women Faculty Group established in 1986. An Advisory Board representing a broad spectrum of women and men in academic medicine develops programs to serve a variety of needs.

We are very fortunate that among the excellent physician and scientist graduates who are ready to enter the biomedicine academic pipeline, the number of women is now equal to the number of men. Unfortunately, this pipeline nationally has been very leaky for women. We are exploring programs and approaches that will advance more women into academia and leadership positions from this great pool of talent.

One program to facilitate the retention and development of women leaders is the OWC's "Just Desserts" program. Just Desserts hosts a monthly meeting in an informal setting for women trainees and faculty to meet with a highly successful woman scientist and/or physician who shares information on how they have successfully juggled the competing responsibilities of career, family, and outside interests.

The OWC publicizes and helps facilitate applications for women faculty to leadership training programs offered off-campus by the AAMC and through Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM).

We provide mentoring for all faculty via a website. The programs featured include mentoring resources related to the broad spectrum of career issues with an emphasis on those that affect women and junior faculty. Furthermore, individual match-making for mentors and mentees is provided after an interview with the OWC director.

In alignment with the Beyond Bias and Barriers report of the National Academy of Sciences, Mount Sinai is committed to aggressively pursue the innovative capacity of women and men. We aim to decrease the perceived barriers that women face which could deprive them of their ability to develop professionally and could deprive Mount Sinai of an important source of talent.

Sandra K. Masur, PhD
Director, Office for Women's Careers
E-mail: sandra.masur@mssm.edu