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October 2019 Br J Cardiol 2019;26:125–7 doi:10.5837/bjc.2019.032

Women in cardiology: glass ceilings and lead-lined walls

Alexandra Abel, Rosita Zakeri, Cara Hendry, Sarah Clarke

Abstract

Current status of women in cardiology In the UK, women make up 28% of higher specialty trainees and 13% of consultants in cardiology.1 This is a stark underrepresentation, particularly as women make up over half of doctors in Core Medical Training. One might expect that we were on our way to catching up with other medical specialties in terms of representation, but change has been slow, with no big increase in the percentage of women applying for cardiology for the last few years. The most recent BJCA annual survey demonstrated that gender differences persist in subspecialty interests in cardiology.2 This year, the most popular choice for wo

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