Science & Education
A third-year female radiology resident is interested in pursuing the subspecialty of chest radiology. The male program director is a nationally recognized thoracic radiologist and is often invited to speak at many national and international meetings. He is an officer in one of the national organizations in his field and has many valuable connections and contacts within the field of radiology. He is a married father of two young children whose photos he proudly displays in his office. He invites the resident to meet him at dinner to discuss her career aspirations and a potential research project of national importance in the field.
When the resident arrives at the upscale Italian restaurant, armed with her computer and a notebook, she is taken aback by the presence of the program director’s older administrative assistant and her husband. The evening is social, and there is no discussion of research. In the following weeks, the program director calls and texts the resident several times on her cell phone, telling her he “thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and would like to meet with her again to discuss her career.”
Question 1: Based on the legal definition of sexual harassment, has sexual harassment occurred?
Yes; the program director has overstepped his role.
Not sure; the behavior has not taken place over a long enough time to see if this is a pattern or if there are consequences for the resident.
Not yet; there is nothing wrong with a dinner in a setting of other adults in a public setting.
Yes; the resident is uncomfortable, and the premise for the dinner was not met (ie, to discuss research).
No; the program director is trying to get to know the resident and is mentoring her.
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