Call for focus group participants 

Posted on: Thursday 4 March 2021
Author: FPM

FPM is conducting a research study that aims to identify the barriers affecting the career progression of women working in our specialty.

We will be holding several focus groups to discuss various topics related to the careers of women in pharmaceutical medicine.

Why is FPM doing this?

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion reports by several organisations in the UK, including the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal Society of Chemistry, show high levels of female attrition and an unequal number of women in fellowship and management positions compared to men across all membership levels in STEM fields. Through the Women in Pharmaceutical Medicine Project, we wish to uncover and evaluate the trends present in the field of pharmaceutical medicine.

We hope that you would be willing to participate in these focus groups as your input will help to expand our understanding of the barriers that women may face that inhibit their career progression.

How can I join?

You are welcome to join the focus groups regardless of race, ethnicity, age, or gender. If you are interested in participating, please fill in this questionnaire and (if you are chosen) we will get back to you to arrange dates and times for your focus group:

Link to focus group questionnaire

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More info about the focus group sessions

The sessions will last around one hour and will be held online this Spring 2021. These sessions will be run in strict confidence, and you will be expected to respect the confidentiality of others participating in the discussion. There will be specific sessions for specific groups of people, and any conflicts of interest you may potentially have with fellow participants will be respected. Your participation in these groups would remain confidential. There will be no personal information associated with your responses.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Women in Pharmaceutical Medicine