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Equal pay for equal work in radiology: Expired excuses and solutions for change

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    Renu Pandit
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    University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL, United States of America
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    Laura E. Minton
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    University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL, United States of America
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  • Elainea N. Smith
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    Department of Radiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, United States of America
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  • Lucy B. Spalluto
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    Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, United States of America

    Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN, United States of America

    Veterans Health Administration – Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Geriatric Research and Clinical Center (GRECC), Nashville, TN, United States of America
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  • Kristin K. Porter
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    Corresponding author at: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Radiology, 619 19th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35249, United States of America.
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    Department of Radiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, United States of America
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      Highlights

      • Radiology is one of the four medical specialties with the largest gender pay gap.
      • Radiology can close the gender pay gap through intentional strategies.
      • Closing the gender pay gap will demonstrate that radiology values diversity, inclusion, families, and patient outcomes.

      Abstract

      The gender pay gap is not a problem of the past. Women continue to receive less pay for equal work and radiology is one of four medical specialties with the largest gender pay gap. Numerous social factors contribute to the gender pay gap; however, radiology can close the gender pay gap through intentional strategies, including acknowledging the gender pay gap, eliminating bias and minority taxes through progressive compensation and parental leave models, devaluing overwork, developing longitudinal mentorship and sponsorship, and demanding transparent institutional policies. Patient care and overall organizational success will improve when the barriers resulting in the gender pay gap are eliminated.

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