Although women now enter medical schools at the same rate as men, there are still several hurdles that are unique to women in gastroenterology and hepatology. Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2015 will host several sessions that address these challenges, with topics ranging from finding a work-life balance, to thriving in practice, and networking with fellow women GIs.

Additional details are outlined below. While these sessions are free, you must be registered for DDW to attend.

Gastro Women’s Coalition (GWC) Symposium
Sunday, May 17
8– 9:30 a.m.
Room 208 (WCC)

This session features a diverse subset of speakers in four different roles within gastroenterology and hepatology. Join your fellow women trainees and young GIs to hear about the presentations listed below. There is no RSVP required for this event.

Duration Topic Presentation Title Speakers
15 min. Private Practice Thriving in a Competitive Private Practice Environment Robynne Chutkan, MD (ASGE)
15 min. Clinical/Translational Research Thriving in a Clinical and Translational Practice and the Role of the Mentor–Mentee Relationship Marcia Cruz-Correa, MD (AGA)
15 min. Basic Science Research Grants(wo)manship in the Pared Down Competitive Market Kathleen Loomes, MD   (NASPGHAN)
15 min. Industry An Alternative Route to a Scientific Goal Barbara McGovern, MD (AASLD)
30 min. Panel Discussion All Speakers and Moderators


AGA Committee Sponsored Symposium: Exploring Gender-Based Differences in the Ergonomics and Economics of Gastroenterology
Monday, May 18
8– 9:30 a.m.
Room 158 (WCC)
Earn up to 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (no RSVP required)

Chair(s): Mehnaz A. Shafi, MD, and Kathleen E. Corey, MD

In this session sponsored by the AGA Women’s Committee, participants will be able to:

  • Identify ergonomic issues specific to endoscopists who scope women.
  • Identify economic issues impacting women gastroenterologists.
  • Identify gender disparities among practicing gastroenterologists.

AGA Women in Gastroenterology Luncheon
Monday, May 18
Noon–2 p.m.
Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, Independence Ballroom A-C
RSVP required by May 7, 2015.

AGA women physician members are invited to attend this year’s luncheon. Please join us for topic-based discussions focused on careers and leadership skills, hear from current and future leaders of AGA and participate in unique opportunities for networking.

Duration Presentation Title Speakers
22 min. Career Choices and Practice Patterns In Gastroenterology: Does Gender Matter? Suriya V. Sastri, MD, FACG
22 min. Gender Disparities In Colorectal Cancer Screening: Professional and Clinical Pearls Carol A. Burke, MD
22 min. Issues Facing Women In GI: Career Navigation and Salary Negotiation Marie-Pier Tetreault, Ph.D.
22 min. Optimizing Ergonomics In Procedural Specialties Amandeep Shergill, MD, MS