Men with mustaches more likely than women to head medical school departments

A larger percentage of academic medical center department leaders are men with mustaches than women in general, according to a new tongue-in-cheek study published in the BMJ. Researchers found that while 13 percent of department heads at the United States' top medical institutions are women, nearly 20 percent are men with mustaches. While the study was deliberately facetious, lead author Mackenzie Wehner, Ph.D., of Penn Medicine, said it made a serious point about gender disparities within healthcare. "The lack of women in leadership roles in medicine is well-documented, but despite the eccentricities of the study, our results show that even when you focus solely on men with mustaches--which are rare--women are still outnumbered across various specialties," Wehner said. Study announcement