ERIC Number: ED417628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Program To Diminish Gender Insensitivity and Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Medical Environment.
Jacobs, Charlotte; Bergen, Merlynn
A project at Stanford University Medical School (California) was undertaken to train students to deal effectively with sexism and to promote change by increasing sensitivity of university leaders. Training involved sexual harassment workshops for medical students and faculty, and leadership retreats for deans and chairpersons. Five workshops were attended by 85 students, three retreats were attended by 50 in leadership positions, and 374 faculty attended workshops. To assess changes in climate, two survey instruments were developed, pilot tested, and administered to the faculty and student body during 1994 and 1995. In 1994, 116 students and 220 faculty returned usable surveys; in 1995, 112 students and 190 faculty completed surveys. During pilot testing, male faculty reported a more cohesive, positive climate than did female faculty, who perceived more gender unfairness and observed and experienced more sexually harassing behaviors. Females students reported more gender unfairness than did male students. Faculty and students were sensitive to observed sexually harassing behaviors, and these observations were associated with a decrease in positive climate ratings. Comparison between 1994 and 1995 showed significant improvement in school climate and decreases in gender-related problems. The survey instruments and item-by-item results are appended, along with student and facilitator workshop handbooks. (Contains 27 references.) (SW)
Descriptors: Administrators, Attitude Change, Change Strategies, College Environment, Deans, Department Heads, Educational Environment, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Leadership Training, Medical School Faculty, Medical Students, Sensitivity Training, Sex Bias, Sexual Harassment
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners; Students
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. School of Medicine.