Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2016 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  Cultivating Strength and Resilience for Women in Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Sunday, May 22
8–9:30 a.m.
Room 4 (SDCC)

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.

Duration Time Presentation Title Speakers
10 mins. 8-8:10 a.m. Underrepresentation of Women in Senior Positions and How to Break the Glass Ceiling in GI Susan L. Orloff, MD, FACS, FAASLD (AASLD)
10 mins. 8:10-8:20 a.m. Burnout and the Health of the Physician Amy Oxentenko, MD (AGA)
10 min. 8:20-8:30 a.m. Obtaining Funding for Your Research in the Current Climate Miriam B. Vos, MD, MSPH (NASPGHAN)
10 min. 8:30-8:40 a.m. The Making of a Leader Sunanda (Susie) Kane, MD (ASGE)
50 min. Panel Discussion All Speakers and Moderators

AGA Committee Sponsored Symposium — Gender Matters: In the Endoscopy Suite, at the Negotiating Table and in Leadership Development
Sunday, May 22
8–9:30 a.m.
Room 28E (SDCC)
Earn up to 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (no RSVP required)

Chair(s): Mehnaz A. Shafi, MD, AGAF and Marcia R. Cruz-Correa, MD, PhD, AGAF

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

  • Determine if men and women prefer same-sex endoscopists and the implications for career choices and reimbursement.
  • Develop social capital to improve networking and negotiating skills. Difference between negotiating styles of men and women.
  • Identify factors that help and hamper women in advancing to leadership roles in academics and private practice. Do men differ from women as mentors?
Time Presentation Title Speakers
8-8:22 a.m. Do Male and Female Patients Prefer Same-Sex Endoscopists? Grace H. Elta , MD, AGAF, FASGE
8:22-8:44 a.m. Negotiation for What You Need in Gastroenterology Elizabeth Travis, PhD, FASTRO
8:44-9:06 a.m. Building Social Capital to Enhance Networking Skills Marcia R. Cruz-Correa, MD, PhD, AGAF
9:06-9:28 a.m. Success Factors for Women Physician Leaders Susan F. Reynolds, MD, PhD

AGA Women in Gastroenterology Luncheon
Monday, May 23
Noon–2 p.m.
Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel
RSVP required by May 6, 2016.

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. Our guest speaker this year will be Sheila Crowe, MD, AGAF, professor of medicine, director of research at the University of California San Diego. She is also Vice Chair of the AGA Institute.