How do you address a problem that is easily identified and quantified and yet remains stubbornly slow to improve despite genuine calls to do so? How do you unstuck an effort that is stuck?


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Advocacy, Health Policy & Advocacy, Leadership, Administration, & Career Planning, Medical Education, Sex and Gender-Informed Medicine, SGIM, Women's Health

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Dr. Levine ( is professor and associate dean for Faculty Educational Development, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.