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
8–9:30 a.m.
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.

Duration Time Presentation Title Speakers
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
10–11:30 a.m.
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.
Time Presentation Title Speakers
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
Noon–2 p.m.
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.