No profession is free from harassment and discrimination. No amount of education or level of skill can protect workers from the threat of a hostile workplace. The problem is often at its worst in fields that are or once were considered the domain of men. Progress is slow and attitudes that should have died out decades ago persist. The field of medicine is one where sexual harassment is all too common, according to a new study from the University of Michigan.
The study analyzed survey results from doctors who received career development awards from the National Institutes of Health. The surveys demonstrated that 4 percent of men who had received these awards were the victims of sexual harassment. More than 30 percent of the women in that group had been sexually harassed. Of those women, roughly half reported that the harassment harmed their career advancement.