Women in Healthcare Epidemiology
|Dr. Janet Lane-Claypon|
In the field of healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention, the list of women leaders is long--and for me to produce one would be very dangerous because I’m sure it’d be incomplete. Instead I’ll point out that the last two SHEA presidents were women, and the 2019 SHEA president will be our esteemed fellow blogger, Hilary Babcock (congrats again, Hilary!).
This also seems like a good day to point interested readers to this piece about Dr. Janet Lane-Claypon, a pioneering physician-epidemiologist who was the first to employ the now-ubiquitous cohort and case-control study designs we use so often in infection prevention. The paper was published in 2004 but I only recent stumbled on it, and found it a fascinating story about a person I clearly should have learned about during my epidemiology coursework (but didn’t!).
I recognize the irony of me posting this from a blog that has a 5:1 male:female ratio. We’ve tried over the years to recruit women to the blog, mostly unsuccessfully. One possible reason (besides the obvious—that we haven’t tried hard enough), is that women physicians put up with substantially more bullshit each day than their male counterparts, and thus have less time for blogging.
To our female readership: if you’re interested in contributing to the blog (either with periodic guest posts, or joining the group), please contact one of us. This isn’t limited to physicians: infection preventionists, non-physician epidemiologists, microbiologists, nurses…pretty much anybody with expertise and strong opinions about infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology!