On the forefront of identifying and addressing harassment

November 8, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

In June 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine issued its report on sexual harassment in the field. In the wake of that report, Michigan Medicine also conducted a survey among its medical school faculty.  

Researchers Emily Vargas, Ph.D., and Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil., have published the findings of the survey in the Journal of Women’s Health. The results are not favorable, but provide the institution with the knowledge to move forward with solutions that align with the university’s commitment to eliminate sexual misconduct.

Across the university, a number of measures have been implemented to address this issue, including mandatory sexual harassment training for all employees, a centralized website devoted to sexual misconduct reporting, prevention and education, and numerous training programs designed to cultivate climates resistant to sexual harassment.

The U-M Medical School has also bolstered best practices in faculty searches with an eye toward broadening the talent pool and increasing diversity, including gender diversity. Department chairs have also submitted plans around civility and wellness.

Sexual harassment is a big problem in medicine and Michigan Medicine is committed to eliminating it. In fact, Michigan Medicine is no different from any of its peer academic medical centers, and the survey results are likely not atypical of other organizations.

The institution is proud to provide faculty a safe environment to speak up and share results so that it can motivate change. To help support this effort, be sure to take the mandatory sexual misconduct training before the end of the year.

And learn more about this effort on the Michigan Health Lab blog.