SWAPS (Support for Women as Aspiring Physician Scientists) was founded in 2016. Women students within the MD/PhD program, with the support of program leadership, created this program to address the needs of women students as they progress toward academic careers.
SWAPS sponsors a number of events and provides both opportunities for informal interactions that promote support and camaraderie among our group, as well as more formal mentorship events with female MD/PhD physician-scientists including local Tufts MD/PhD alumni and Tufts faculty.
SWAPS is run by the women in the MD/PhD program, who all volunteer their time and effort to promote and maintain this important series for current and future MD/PhD students.
Resources for the Current Academic Year
Note that these articles are available using the links below to those with Tufts library privileges.
Andrews, NC. 2002. The other physician-scientist problem: Where have all the young girls gone? Nature Medicine.
Andriole, DA et al. 2008. Characteristics and Career Intentions of the Emerging MD/PhD Workforce. J Am Med Assoc.
Drinkwater, J. 2008. The effect of gender on medical students' aspirations: a qualitative study. Medical Education.
Eisenberg, MJ. 2011. The Physician Scientist's Career Guide.
Pauff JM, Richards MC. 2009. Perspective: Ensuring Retention of Women in Physician-Scientist Training. Science.
Schafer AI. 2009. The Vanishing Physician-Scientist? (The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work).