Reader Response: Leadership, Recognition Awards, and Publication by Men and Women in the American Academy of Neurology

We were interested to read the study by Miyasaki et al.1; however, the way this new study characterizes our previous research on recognition awards is incorrect. For example, the introductory citation—”a recent publication found only 21.9% of American Academy of Neurology (AAN) awards were given to women”1—is a misstatement of one of our findings. We found that between 2008 and 2017, women physicians received 21.9% of a specific set of recognition awards “exclusively or primarily aimed at individual physician recipients.”2 Given the long-documented history of gender-related disparities for women in medicine, we specifically focused on a subset of awards and recipients as our goal was to better understand how women physicians were represented within the AAN.

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