Call for Chapters: Gender Equity in the Medical Profession


A book edited by Maria Irene Bellini and Vassilios Papalois, Imperial College London, UK

Editorial Advisory Board Members

Professor Julio Mayol, Hospital Clinico UCM, Spain
Dr. Sharon Stein, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, USA
Professor Malin Sund, Umea University, Sweden
Dr Deborah Verran, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Australia

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: October 1, 2018
Full Chapters Due: January 14, 2019
Submission Date: April 24, 2019


The presence of women in the practice of medicine goes back to the ancient times. Some women were canonized in the 10th and 11th centuries for their care during the European plagues. From the 13th century to the 18th century, women who healed wounds were considered as witches and forbidden access to the medical education of the time. It was not until the end of the 19th century that women were able to have access to training in medicine. However, up to the 1970s, women comprised only a small percentage of medical students. In the last few decades, the reality has improved significantly, but unfortunately, this change is yet to be reflected within leadership positions and in the academic world. In some male-dominated specialties such as surgery, despite the number of women is increasing steadily, still less than one third are female, with discrimination within medical school, in training programmes and in consultancy positions.


Although there is lots of talk about equity in the medical profession today, eradicating sexism from our culture and from the workplace is no easy task. This book will aim to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest research findings in this area. It will be written for professionals who want to improve their understanding in how to strategically tackle gender equity at different levels of medical education. This is a global commitment of networks and organizations, of teams and work groups and, finally, of individuals as diversity will benefit for all of them.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in healthcare. It aims to improve communication strategies, social sciences and management, medical education and training. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support to the executives with the management of expertise, knowledge, information and organizational development at different levels to improve gender equity in the medical community and in the working environments.

Recommended Topics

• The role of the organisations to improve gender equity
• Gender equity in the medical profession as a culture
• Gender equity in the medical profession as capital
• Gender equity in the medical profession as a management strategy
• Gender equity from the perspective of the medical trainers
• Gender equity from the perspective of the medical trainees
• Gender equity in public health
• Trust and value creation of a network of diversity
• Improving gender equity in academia: what can we do?
• The imposter syndrome for doctors
• Work-life balance and burn-out prevention for doctors
• Parental leave during surgical training
• Sexism in medical communication
• Attrition from the perspective of a woman doctor
• Diversity knowledge creation at medical school
• Diversity knowledge representation at medical school
• Organizational learning of gender equity in medical profession
• Organizational culture of gender equity in medical profession
• Management and Information systems to tackle gender equity in medical profession

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before October 1, 2018, a chapter proposal from 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by October 19, 2018 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by January 15, 2019 and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Gender Equity in the Medical Profession. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process. All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2019.

Important Dates

October 1, 2018: Proposal Submission Deadline
October 19, 2018: Notification of Acceptance
January 14, 2019: Full Chapter Submission
March 14, 2019: Review Results Returned
April 25, 2019: Final Acceptance Notification
June 6, 2019: Final Chapter Submission


Dr Maria Irene Bellini
Imperial College London, UK