Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


PA Educator


Joy Moverly, DMSc, PA-C


There are more women providers in healthcare than ever before. While the healthcare community has come a long way in gender equality/equity, female physician assistants (PAs) face significant disparities throughout their careers that can delay advancement and limit opportunities in leadership. Some of the issues include salary gaps, gendered language/outdated societal norms, and the impact of parental leave on career advancement. The situation is even more difficult for the intersectional population.

There are many ways we can overcome these barriers both institutionally and as a profession. These strategies include mentorship, institutional reform, transparency, awareness, and communication. The medical community must make an effort to increase diversity and leadership in the healthcare field and gender parity in the medical profession.


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