Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017 strongly advocates for, and supports, the advancement of women in the field of gastroenterology. Historically gastroenterology has been a male dominated field, but evidence shows an increasing number of women are choosing careers in this field, and they face obstacles that are unique to women GIs. This year, DDW’s sponsoring societies will host several sessions that address these challenges, with topics ranging from finding a work-life balance and burnout, to negotiation skills and networking with fellow women GIs.
Additional details are outlined below. While these sessions are free, you must be registered for DDW to attend.
Gastroenterology Women’s Coalition (GWC) Symposium — Leveling the Playing Field
Sunday, May 7
Room S503 (MCP)
This workshop is designed specifically for women in gastroenterology/hepatology at various stages in their careers, with a special focus on unique challenges faced by women in both academic medicine and private practice and strategies for success. Faculty members will share their personal challenges and successes in building a career in gastroenterology/hepatology, in addition to discussing career development strategies, improving work-life balance, and foster networking and mentoring opportunities. A panel discussion with all speakers will be moderated allowing for maximal participation of attendees. There is no RSVP required for this event.
|15 mins.||8-8:15 a.m.||Current Gender and Diversity Inequities in Gastroenterology||Grace H. Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE|
|15 mins.||8:15-8:30 a.m.||Implicit Bias: A Call for Action||Gitit Tomer, MD|
|15 min.||8:30-8:45 a.m.||Combating Gender and Diversity Inequities in Your Environment||Norah Terrault, MD|
|15 min.||8:45-9 a.m.||Combating Gender Inequities on a Global Scale: How to Change the Conversation||Maria T. Abreu, MD, AGAF|
|30 min.||Questions and Answers||All Speakers and Moderators|
AGA Committee Sponsored Symposium — Empowerment, Success and Safety of Women in Gastroenterology
Sunday, May 6
Room S403a (MCP)
Earn up to 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (no RSVP required)
Moderators: Mehnaz Shafi, MD, AGAF, Ellen M. Zimmermann, MD, AGAF
In this session sponsored by the AGA Women’s Committee and the Clinical Practice section, participants will be able to:
- Identify resources offered by AGA for career advancement;
- Recognize how to avoid mental and physical injury as a busy gastroenterologist through optimal ergonomics and avoiding burnout; and
- Define what editors look for in selecting articles for publication.
|10-10:22 a.m.||Leadership in AGA: Advice for Early and Advanced Career||Sheila Eileen Crowe, MD, AGAF|
|10:22-10:44 a.m.||Impact of Ergonomics and Injury in Endoscopy-Results from Survey||Katherine Schuver Garman, MD|
|10:44-11:06 a.m.||Work-Life Balance: Avoiding Burnout||Kathryn E. Hamilton, PhD|
|9:06-9:28 a.m.||Getting Published: What Do GI Journals Look For?||Fasiha Kanwal, MD, MSHS, AGAF|
AGA Annual Women in Gastroenterology Luncheon
Monday, May 8
Hyatt Regency McCormick (Ballroom A)
AGA women physician members are invited to attend this year’s luncheon. Please join us to recognize the accomplishments of women in GI, hear from current and future leaders of AGA, and participate in unique opportunities for networking. There will also be a recognition of the GI sister societies led by women presidents.
These GI events are Looking Awesome but these events are only for women, Why you don’t call the men?
Historically, the field of gastroenterology has been male dominated. More and more women are joining the GI field and they face obstacles that are unique to women gastroenterologists. For this reason, DDW and the sponsoring societies endeavor to provide events for women which address some of these obstacles. However, DDW also offers a diverse selection of sessions and events that are open to all attendees. We hope that you will check back for additional programming information for DDW 2018 in Washington, D.C.