Traditionally, women have been under-represented in the field of gastroenterology, but there is data that shows more and more women entering the field. Despite the gender gap slowly closing, however, female GIs are still facing unique issues and challenges in the field. For this reason, Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) and the sponsoring societies endeavor to provide events for women which address some of the obstacles they face in order to support the advancement of women in GI. Read on for details surrounding two of these events.

Gastroenterology Women’s Coalition (GWC) Symposium: The Science of Confidence
Sunday, June 3
8-9:30 a.m.
Room 146A

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 confidence, and avoiding burnout. The symposium will conclude with a question and answer session.There is no RSVP required for this event.

Time Presentation Title Speakers
8-8:15 a.m. Imposter Phenomenon Kimberly Brown
8:15-8:30 a.m. Strategies of Personal and Professional Success Karen Woods
8:30-8:45 a.m. The Science of Burnout Karen Murray
8:45-9 a.m. The Mental Stress of Confidence Sunanda Kane
9-9:30 a.m. Questions and Answers All Speakers and Moderators

Strategies For A Successful Career: Wellness, Empowerment, Leadership and Resilience – Women’s Committee-Sponsored Symposium
Monday, June 4
2-3:30 p.m.
Room 101

This symposium will help wome attendees to recognize burnout in the GI profession and implement prevention, promote work and life balance at the workplace and negotiate at any career stage. No RSVP necessary.

Time Presentation Title Speakers
2-2:22 p.m. Battling Burnout in the GI Profession Arthur DeCross
2:22-2:44 p.m. May the E4rgonomics Task Force Be with You: How Empowering a Few Can Lead to Change Mehnaz Shafi
2:44-3:06 p.m. Promoting Work/Life Balance in the Workplace: A Leader’s Perspective Barbara Jung
3:06-3:28 p.m. Negotiating to Succeed in Work and Life Marie-Pier Tetreault

Use the online planner or DDW Mobile App to schedule and plan out which sessions you will attend, and invite your women colleagues to join you!