Can Telehealth Advance Professional Equity for Women in Medicine?

Telemed J E Health. 2021 Mar 3. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2021.0015. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

Higher rates of burnout among female physicians as compared with male physicians remain a troubling phenomenon. Achieving gender equity in academic advancement is a critical component of addressing this gap. During the timeframe of childbearing and rearing, enhanced control and flexibility are desired workplace changes and offered by telehealth work modalities. This viewpoint explores the role of telehealth and the remote work environment in optimizing control and flexibility, which can increase participation in academic advancement opportunities and improve female physician burnout. Widespread promotion of remote clinical practice and participation in scholarly activities beyond the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic may be a component of the long-term solution to female physician burnout.

PMID:33656942 | DOI:10.1089/tmj.2021.0015