Luncheon supports the advancement of women in pulmonary

Roslyn F. Schneider, MD, MSc, FCCP
Roslyn F. Schneider, MD, MSc, FCCP

The CHEST Foundation is hosting its second annual Women and Pulmonary Luncheon at CHEST on Sunday, which brings together key opinion leaders and participants to support the advancement of women in the fields of pulmonary, critical care, sleep medicine, and in leadership.

Roslyn F. Schneider, MD, MSc, FCCP, the global patient affairs lead at Pfizer, will keynote the event. Dr. Schneider drives patient-centricity within Pfizer’s Medical Organization. She received her MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and her MSc in pharmaceutical medicine from Hibernia College. Before joining Pfizer, she provided direct patient care at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, directed specialty programs for doctors in training, and was a clinical professor of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, according to Pfizer’s website.

Dr. Schneider’s keynote and this program are designed to provide a platform for women to network and help combat the gender gap.

According to the Medscape Pulmonologist Compensation Report 2017, female pulmonologists earned 23% less than their male counterparts, even though:

  • 2% of female pulmonologists work part time vs. 8% of male pulmonologists.
  • More women (66%) than men (48%) reported seeking promotion.

Despite ever-growing enrollment rates for women in medical school, female physicians are often underrepresented in academic and research settings.

According to the study, “Women on Professional Society and Journal Editorial Boards,” published in the Journal of National Medical Association, “between 80 to 90% of leadership roles in medicine, like medical school deans, are filled by men.”

“The Women in Pulmonary program encourages women to advocate for themselves and for other women, helping them to close these gaps, and helping women across the globe achieve leadership roles, competitive pay and benefits, as well as work-life balance,” said CHEST Foundation President Lisa K. Moores, MD, FCCP.