Diversity in Selected Leadership Positions in United States Academic Pediatric Gastroenterology Programs: A Review and Call to Action

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Abstract

ABSTRACTWomen and minorities are underrepresented in leadership positions in academic specialties. We investigated representation of women and minorities in selected leadership positions and in fellowships in North American academic pediatric gastroenterology programs (PGP) via voluntary surveys. We also assessed for factors influencing diversity. We found that 45.8% of Program Directors (PD), 75% of division chiefs (DC), and 71% of Pediatrics department chairs were men. Sixty-three percentage of the PG fellows were women. Most DCs were male professors. Most PDs, DCs, and department chairs were White (70%, 80%, and 88.3%), with Blacks being the least represented group in leadership and also among fellows. We found a higher likelihood of having a White PD if the department chair was White. We found gender and racial disparities in all PGP leadership positions. This data can serve as a guide in efforts to support diversity for both gender and race at all positions and academic ranks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-247
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition
Volume74
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2022

Keywords

  • North America
  • academic pediatric gastroenterology
  • diversity
  • gender
  • leadership position

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Gastroenterology

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