Margaret Collins, MD, a nephrologist who runs a hypertension specialty practice in Wilmington, North Carolina, knows well the challenges women in nephrology face from trying to get through a grueling nephrology fellowship during her childbearing years to trying to navigate demands for 90-hour weeks in practice with children at home.
At Kidney Week 2019, she and her father, Francis Collins, MD, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), brought those challenges into focus at the Women in Nephrology’s Nancy E. Gary Memorial Lecture. During an hour-long discussion, the pair delved into the barriers that prevent women from achieving their full potential in biomedicine and nephrology. They highlighted gender disparities in pay, lack of flexibility, and sexual harassment. Collins also highlighted some of the steps he and his colleagues are taking at NIH to increase gender equity.
“There has been an explosion of awareness that things are not the same for men and women in science and medicine,” Margaret Collins said.