Gender Equality and Junior Staff Development

The Faculty of Medicine pursues three strategic approaches when it comes to developing academic careers and fostering gender equality (see “Gendered Innovations” by Londa Schiebinger: Gendered Innovations

Fix the Number

Focusing on increasing women's participation.

Filling the Gap: This career development program aims to provide talented clinicians with the opportunity to advance their research activity, which is an essential part of an academic career. The long-term objective is to increase the number of female professors in the Faculty of Medicine as well as the proportion of women in academic leadership positions.

Mentoring USZ/UZH: Experienced scientists assist and advise young academics in developing their scientific and personal skills.

Anna Fischer-Dückelmann Visiting Professorship: The visiting professor appointed by the EMBA and the Faculty of Medicine acts as a role model during her three-month stay, motivating young physicians to assume leadership roles.

Leadership Mentoring: High-ranking female executives from the world of business and medicine assist and advise female physicians whose scientific career is already well advanced.

Women in Science: The portraits of the female professors of the Faculty of Medicine give female students and young researchers insight into the diversity of academic careers and shed light on the profession of a professor.

Medical studies and Maternity: The compatibility of studies and family is a concern of the Faculty of Medicine. Find information about motherhood while studying medicine.


Fix the Institution

Promoting gender equality in the career through structural change.

Search for Excellence: The Faculty of Medicine implements specific measures in the appointment procedure to avoid stereotypes and unconscious bias in relation to gender. The long-term goal is to increase the proportion of female professors.

Fix the Knowledge

Integrating the biological and social component of gender in teaching and research.


Figures: Gender Equality at the Faculty of Medicine

For more information, visit the website of UZH’s Department of Gender Equality and Diversity: Gender Equality Monitoring

Gleichstellungsmonitoring Bericht 2019


Challenging the “leaky pipeline” in faculties of medicine. Action plans and strategies of four Swiss universities (Zurich, Lausanne, Geneva, Basel), 2017

Foundations, Awards and Grants

Please find information, contact persons and the list of foundations for applications in medicine by clicking on this Link

University Services

HFN Visiting Professor: Each faculty of UZH invites a guest professor in order to raise the profile of female professors as role models for young academics. The Faculty of Medicine appointed  Prof. Kathleen B. Digre in 2014.

UZH for Researches : Information about research funding, EU framework programs, international research, technology platforms and technology transfer, etc.

UZH for Doctoral Candidates: Information about employment and funding, continuing education, mobility, networks, advice, etc.

Graduate Campus: Information for PhD candidates and postdocs regarding courses, funding opportunities, networks, advice, etc.

Gender Equality and Diversity: Information about gender equality at UZH, incl. events, guidelines, faculty projects and details about the Gender Equality Commission and the Office for Gender Equality and Diversity.

kihz Childcare: Information about childcare in Zurich’s higher education area incl. flexible care, holiday care, etc.

Family at UZH: A comprehensive portal for parents and carers working or studying at UZH. You will find a range of helpful information about family, elderly care, dual careers and much more.

Transferable Skills: Overview of all courses for PhD candidates and postdocs regarding i.e. leadership, project management, supervision, etc.

Alumnae Lunch: Three times a year, the UZH Alumni invites one of its alumnae to give a lecture on a topic regarding gender equality and share insights on her professional career.

Training and Career

CAS Sex- and Genderspecific Medicine: Both biology (sex) and sociocultural variables (gender) have a fundamental impact on health behaviour, as well as epidemiology, manifestation, and pathophysiology of diseases. Although sex and gender are essential to effective health care, differences between women and men are often neglected in medical research and clinical practice. The CAS study programme in Sex- and Gender- Specific Medicine is a part-time course at the Universities of Bern and Zurich aimed at postgraduates in medicine and life sciences.

CAS Medical Leadership: University continuing education program aiming to give persons with leadership and management tasks a basic knowledge in the areas of governance, management, financial management, leadership and communication

Medical Women Switzerland: Swiss nationwide network of female physicians, which campaigns for women-specific topics and points of view. Offers also include events, seminars, consultation, etc.

Gender-based teaching in higher education: Online self-evaluation and continuing education tool of the University of Fribourg aimed at members of the teaching staff.


Dettmer, Susanne et al. (Hg.): Karriereplanung für Ärztinnen, Springer Medizin Verlag, Heidelberg 2006. Borrow odder  Order. Praxisnahe Informationen und Erfolgsregeln für die Karriere als Ärztin: Karriereplanung, Praktische Anleitung zur beruflichen Erfolgsplanung u.a.

Gleichstellung im Erwerbsleben (PDF): Fachstelle für Gleichstellung Stadt Zürich und Kanton Zürich (Hg.): Informationen rund um Anstellung, Lohn, Beförderung, Kündigung, Diskriminierung, Sexueller Belästigung inkl. Handlungsmöglichkeiten.

Geschlechtergerecht in Text und Bild: Neuer UZH Leitfaden von 2018. Ggf Bilder verlinken Seite 22/23 von Leitfaden mit Hinweisen.