Rinsho Shinkeigaku (Clinical Neurology)

Symposium 4

Present status of Japanese neurologists from the questionnaire survey
-to support women doctor's career advancement-

Hikoaki Fukaura, M.D., Ph.D.1)

1)Neurology, Saitama Medical University, Saitama Medical Center

Childcare issue and family care issue are critical factors for women doctors to make a career as a neurologist in Japan. To know the actual business conditions of Japanese neurologists an online questioner survey was conducted. Answers were obtained from 737 members of Japanese Society of Neurology and 21 neurological medical facilities. Most of the answers were form members at three major metropolitan areas such as Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. Nobody from some prefectures was replied any answer. Almost sixty percent woman doctors had to change their working style from full time to part time at their child raising period and had difficulty with returning to full time job. Some neurologists have answered they used paid vacation to care their families and they felt they could not keep it for a longer period. At 70 percent of medical facilities sick child day care center were not operated. Opinions form members extremely varied from "In the first place woman doctors are unnecessary" to "With the help of the partner I have survived my child raising period".
Full Text of this Article in Japanese PDF (892K)

(CLINICA NEUROL, 53: 1354|1357, 2013)
key words: career advancement, childcare, woman doctors, family care, questionnaire survey

(Received: 1-Jun-13)