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Does gender affect career satisfaction and advancement in gastroenterology? Results of an AGA institute-sponsored survey.
Gastroenterology. 2007 Apr; 132(4):1598-606.G

Abstract

BACKGROUND & AIMS

Women comprise 19% of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) membership. We performed a prospective study to determine whether female gastroenterologists were less likely to achieve career advancement and satisfaction.

METHODS

We administered an online survey to AGA members from 2004-2006. The survey contained questions regarding effects of gender on career advancement, satisfaction with career, promotional policies, and integration of family and career.

RESULTS

A total of 457 individuals (response rate 9% after 2 major invitations) completed the survey, including 262 (57%) women (20% in private practice, 53% in academic careers, and 27% trainees) and 195 men (23% in private practice, 58% in academic careers, and 19% trainees). The male gastroenterologists were significantly older (P < .005) and in their careers for significantly more years (P = .002). There were no significant differences with respect to marital status, number of children, or number of hours worked between the genders. Men were more likely to achieve the rank of full professor (P = .035), and significantly more women reported that gender affected their career advancement (47% vs 9%; P < .001). Women in academic careers reported less satisfaction with their careers (P = .01) and perceived more difficulty in achieving promotion and tenure. Women were more likely to choose private practice careers because of part-time options (P = .025). Equal numbers of men and women in practice reported difficulty balancing work and family life.

CONCLUSIONS

Significantly more female than male gastroenterologists perceive that gender has affected their career advancement. Female academic gastroenterologists reported less overall career satisfaction and promotion than male academic gastroenterologists.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA. lgerson@stanford.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Multicenter Study
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17408634

Citation

Gerson, Lauren B., et al. "Does Gender Affect Career Satisfaction and Advancement in Gastroenterology? Results of an AGA Institute-sponsored Survey." Gastroenterology, vol. 132, no. 4, 2007, pp. 1598-606.
Gerson LB, Twomey K, Hecht G, et al. Does gender affect career satisfaction and advancement in gastroenterology? Results of an AGA institute-sponsored survey. Gastroenterology. 2007;132(4):1598-606.
Gerson, L. B., Twomey, K., Hecht, G., Lee, L., McQuaid, K., Pizarro, T. T., Street, S., Yoshida, C., & Early, D. (2007). Does gender affect career satisfaction and advancement in gastroenterology? Results of an AGA institute-sponsored survey. Gastroenterology, 132(4), 1598-606.
Gerson LB, et al. Does Gender Affect Career Satisfaction and Advancement in Gastroenterology? Results of an AGA Institute-sponsored Survey. Gastroenterology. 2007;132(4):1598-606. PubMed PMID: 17408634.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Does gender affect career satisfaction and advancement in gastroenterology? Results of an AGA institute-sponsored survey. AU - Gerson,Lauren B, AU - Twomey,Kay, AU - Hecht,Gail, AU - Lee,Linda, AU - McQuaid,Ken, AU - Pizarro,Theresa T, AU - Street,Sarah, AU - Yoshida,Cynthia, AU - Early,Dayna, PY - 2007/4/6/pubmed PY - 2007/5/18/medline PY - 2007/4/6/entrez SP - 1598 EP - 606 JF - Gastroenterology JO - Gastroenterology VL - 132 IS - 4 N2 - BACKGROUND & AIMS: Women comprise 19% of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) membership. We performed a prospective study to determine whether female gastroenterologists were less likely to achieve career advancement and satisfaction. METHODS: We administered an online survey to AGA members from 2004-2006. The survey contained questions regarding effects of gender on career advancement, satisfaction with career, promotional policies, and integration of family and career. RESULTS: A total of 457 individuals (response rate 9% after 2 major invitations) completed the survey, including 262 (57%) women (20% in private practice, 53% in academic careers, and 27% trainees) and 195 men (23% in private practice, 58% in academic careers, and 19% trainees). The male gastroenterologists were significantly older (P < .005) and in their careers for significantly more years (P = .002). There were no significant differences with respect to marital status, number of children, or number of hours worked between the genders. Men were more likely to achieve the rank of full professor (P = .035), and significantly more women reported that gender affected their career advancement (47% vs 9%; P < .001). Women in academic careers reported less satisfaction with their careers (P = .01) and perceived more difficulty in achieving promotion and tenure. Women were more likely to choose private practice careers because of part-time options (P = .025). Equal numbers of men and women in practice reported difficulty balancing work and family life. CONCLUSIONS: Significantly more female than male gastroenterologists perceive that gender has affected their career advancement. Female academic gastroenterologists reported less overall career satisfaction and promotion than male academic gastroenterologists. SN - 0016-5085 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17408634/Does_gender_affect_career_satisfaction_and_advancement_in_gastroenterology_Results_of_an_AGA_institute_sponsored_survey_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0016-5085(07)00404-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -