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About the Conference

Presented by the Faculty Women's Advisory Council

For decades, young women have earned biology and medical degrees in equal numbers to men, and yet, just 22% of tenured faculty and 16% of deans at U.S. medical schools are female. Women’s leadership is even more stalled in engineering and computer fields, even though 43% of math majors are female. Many still attribute women’s lack of advancement in STEM to “hard-wired” gender differences in interests and aptitudes. But as this symposium will show, the real culprit is culture. The notion that science is men’s work continues to hinder the development and advancement of women at every career stage.

Gender Bias Under the Microscope: Rosalind Franklin University’s Inaugural Women in Medicine and Science Symposium is a daylong exploration of women's past, progress and future as leaders in the biomedical sciences. Featuring engaging lectures, interactive workshops and ample networking opportunities, the RFU Symposium will tackle issues such as implicit bias, stereotype threat and the extra-professional pressures on women in demanding careers. Participants will also explore:

  • High-impact negotiation skills
  • Mentoring solutions
  • Sexism in medicine
  • Male advocates and allies

Today's complex research and healthcare environments need the best talent — and therefore, more women — at the helm. Join us for a day of connection and learning about the power of diversity to expand discovery in science and medicine.

Target Audience

This immersive experience will empower students, scientists and clinicians across all career stages. Symposium topics are targeted to engage women and their male colleagues in healthcare and biomedical research who are concerned about unconscious bias and advancing women's leadership in medicine and science.

Registration Fees:

General Admission: $50
University Students and Medical Residents, RFUMS Faculty: Free

Getting Here

The symposium will be held on the campus of:
Rosalind Franklin University.
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064
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