TIME’S UP Healthcare

Bringing Safety and Equity to the Forefront of Medicine

When TIME’S UP was founded in January of 2018, women in health care took notice. Many of them were already having conversations about these profound problems in the healthcare industry and the need to take action now.

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TIME'S UP Healthcare is focused on rooting out all forms of discrimination in the healthcare industry. Photo Credit: InStyle Magazine

In fact, out of more than 5,500 cases sent to the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, the industry with the second highest number of claims is health care. Researchers estimate that 50 percent of female medical students will experience harassment before they even graduate.

That’s why in March of 2019, a group of women from all over the country came together to launch TIME’S UP Healthcare.

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Dr. Resa Lewiss, emergency medicine physician and TIME'S UP Healthcare advocate. © Devan King/TIME'S UP Foundation

TIME’S UP Healthcare has called for leaders of healthcare organizations to become a signatory organization and commit to three fundamental principles:

  1. Sexual harassment and gender inequity have no place in the healthcare workplace.
  2. Every employee should have equitable opportunity, support, and compensation.
  3. We cannot address this problem without understanding its scope and impact; we will measure and track sexual harassment and gender inequity occurring in our institution.

More than 45 organizations have joined as signatories.

TIME’S UP Healthcare is also promoting equity and representation in academic medicine, pushing for increased representation of women of all kinds on panels, at conferences and events, and holding institutions accountable.

In 2019, members of TIME’S UP Healthcare led a day-long “Respect Retreat” at the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) dedicated to increasing safety and equity across the school. The retreat, which organizers believe is the first of its kind at a U.S. medical school, focused on sexual harassment, equity in pay and resources, and transparency in the promotion process.

In May 2019, Dr. Esther Choo, a founding member of TIME’S UP Healthcare, provided testimony at a listening session for survivors of sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This testimony is just one example of how TIME’S UP Healthcare is working directly with prominent institutions to shape their internal dialogues on sexual misconduct and inequity.

In July of 2019, TIME’S UP Healthcare received the American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award at the Medical Women’s International Association’s Centennial Congress for its influential work.

Our hope is that through TIME’S UP Healthcare, medical providers can create a better future for themselves, their patients, and generations of healthcare workers to come.

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