The Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments (SCARD) and General Electric (GE) Healthcare have selected Thomas M. Dykes, M.D., chair and professor of the Department of Radiology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, as a mentor in the Leading, Empowering and Disrupting (LEAD) program.
LEAD identifies talented women in academic radiology programs and the radiology imaging industry and pairs them with mentors who will guide them for future leadership positions in those areas.
Women are severely underrepresented in the radiology field. Nationally, women make up just 23.1% of radiologists, compared to a 46.6% prevalence of women health care providers in non-radiology fields, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
LEAD, established by SCARD and GE Healthcare in 2018, aims to improve female representation in radiology by increasing the number of women in radiology leadership positions. LEAD brings together a cohort of 20 women from across the U.S. for a year-long mentorship program that includes monthly, one-hour virtual training programs and live meetings and events.
“I volunteered to be a mentor in this program because of the gratitude I have for the many wonderful mentors in my professional and personal life,” said Dr. Dykes. “My hope is that this program will elevate TTUHSC El Paso as a place where women leaders in radiology will look for leadership opportunities. The added diversity of thought and style that women bring to our department will raise the quality of our clinical care, education and scholarship.”
Dr. Dykes said studies have shown that the strongest positive factor for women medical students interested in radiology was the presence of female role models and female mentors.
“My main priority as a new chair is to recruit high-quality faculty members to build our radiology department into a leader in our field, both regionally and nationally,” said Dr. Dykes. “Recruiting more women into our radiology faculty and residency is a key component in my recruiting efforts.”