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MP86-18: Gender Differences in Urological Subspecialties

Monday, May 15
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: BCEC: Room 156

Presentation Authors: Oluwarotimi Nettey*, Joceline Liu, Stephanie Kielb, Edward Schaeffer, Chicago, IL

Introduction: To examine representation in urological subspecialties in relation to surgeon gender and characterize practice patterns among certifying urologists over the last 13 years.

Methods: Demographic and case log data of certifying and recertifying urologists (2004 to 2015) was obtained from the American Board of Urology (ABU). We investigated gender-specific trends in self-reported practice type (academic or private practice), sub-specialization, and employment as a full-time versus part-time physician, relative to certification year and cycle.


Results: Of a total of 9,140 urologists applying for certification or recertification over the study period, 815 (8.9%) were women, with first time certifiers representing the largest proportion of women surgeon candidates at 65.0% of all women certifying and 16.7% of total first time certifying urologists (p<0.001). 23.6% of women surgeons identified their practice as being academic compared to 13.7% of their male colleagues(p<0.001). Women surgeons identify as sub-specialists in greater numbers (46.4%) than their male counterparts (23.4%) across all certification cycle cohorts and certification years (p<0.001). 25.4% of all women urologists requesting certification identify as subspecialists in female urology and 10.4% in pediatrics compared to 4.8% and 3.1% of their male colleagues respectively (both p<0.001). Female and male surgeons request certification in equal proportion in infertility (1.9% women compared to 1.8% men). Female surgeons however lag behind their male colleagues in oncology (4.5% compared to 7.6%) as well as endourology and stone disease (4.0% women compared to 6.1% men) across all certification years.

Conclusions: A growing proportion of certifying urologists are women surgeons, who are disproportionately first time certifiers. Women surgeons account for a disproportionate volume of urologists who practice in the academic setting and identify as sub-specialists.

Source Of Funding: None

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