Indiana University School of Medicine Indianapolis, IN
Claire Jansson-Knodell, MD1, Indira Bhavsar, MD1, Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG2; 1Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN; 2Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Introduction: Gastroenterology (GI) has historically been a male-dominated field, with women currently making up 34.1% of GI fellows, 19.5% of American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) physician members, and 16.4% of practicing gastroenterologists. This study aims to describe the representation of women at national ACG meetings. Methods: Gender data from the 2010-2019 annual ACG meetings was amassed from the ACG database and conference materials then analyzed for the following categories: ACG presidency, named lectures, post-graduate course faculty, annual meeting faculty, abstract awards, and presidential poster awards. Statistical analyses were conducted with the Chi-square test to compare proportions and the Cochran-Armitage trend test to describe findings over time. A p-value of < 0.05 was deemed statistically significant. Results: In the 10-year period, ACG had 8 men (80%) and 2 women (20%) serve as Presidents. Men delivered 43 of 50 (86%) named lectures [Figure 1], which was higher than but not significantly different from the proportion of male ACG members using 2019 membership data (p=0.32). Women comprised 19.9% of post-graduate course faculty (p=0.81) and 21.7% of annual meeting faculty (p=0.10), commensurate with their membership in ACG. Women won 30.4% of all awards and 29.2% of presidential poster awards during the study timeframe, both of which represented greater proportions when compared to overall ACG membership (p< 0.0001). Looking at trends from 2010-2019, the percentage of women as named lecturers (z=1.32; p=0.19) did not change. The proportion of women serving as post-graduate course faculty increased from 11.7% to 30.5% (z=3.64; p=0.0003), similar to the increase of women as annual meeting faculty from 14.1% to 45.4% (z=6.08; p< 0.0001) [Figure 2]. The percentage of women as award recipients (z=0.18; p=0.85) did not significantly change, but there was an increase in the proportion of women who were presidential poster award winners over time (z=2.00; p=0.045) [Figure 3]. Furthermore, there was a significant increase in the composite endpoint of women presidents, named lecturers, post-graduate, and annual meeting faculty during the years 2010-2019 (z=5.39, p< 0.0001). Discussion: These data show that ACG and its leadership have been including women in equal or greater proportion with society membership across a multitude of domains and at an increasing rate as the number of women entering the GI field grows.
Disclosures: Claire Jansson-Knodell indicated no relevant financial relationships. Indira Bhavsar indicated no relevant financial relationships. Amy Oxentenko indicated no relevant financial relationships.