Science And Medicine, Two Faces Of The Vocation And Presence Of Women

The initiatives that have taken place on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science are necessary and allow us to identify models and stimulate vocations. The main research bodies have been actively involved. A virtual experience that has not prevented the promotion of vocations in girls within the field of science for another year.

CNIO, FECYT, CSIC or ASEICA are some of the entities that have launched activities on February 11. One of the issues that explains the lower presence of the vocation for science in women is the lack of visibility of the reference models for girls.

If we delve into certain professions, such as medicine, pharmacy or research itself, more than half of its professionals are women. Even in the field of research, there are many women who do their thesis or preliminary research.

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“However, the same proportion is not found in the previous phases of professional development as in the later ones”

However, the same proportion is not found in the previous phases of professional development as in the later ones. I mean that the Research Staff does not have the same proportion of women when they are still in their previous phases.

For this reason, there are vocations that get lost along the way. In research, a curtailed career forces you to redirect to another field, outside of science or research. When it comes to medicine, the greater presence of doctors compared to doctors does not make them abandon the profession, far from it. In this case, there is a loss of talent that is left occupying positions of less responsibility, but equally necessary and relevant, without a doubt.

Health, like research, requires all the talent. With a majority of female physicians, they should exceed the scarce third of positions of head of service in hospitals that are currently occupied by female physicians. Many are the factors that affect this problem, and it is not so easy to solve.

“It is necessary to remember that the first employer in the country is public health”

But it is necessary to remember that the first employer in the country is public health, and this gap can be corrected by policies that facilitate family reconciliation, including the option of starting a family and taking time away from medical work. The awareness of the health vocation has been awakened in girls many years ago and has led them to be a majority of doctors. Now it is necessary to recognize his talent and to take advantage of its full potential.

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