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Title: Women in interventional radiology: insights into Australia's gender gap.
Austin Authors: Foo, M ;Maingard, J;Wang, M;Kok, H K;Chandra, R V;Jhamb, A ;Chong, W;Lee, M J;Brooks, M;Asadi, Hamed 
Affiliation: Interventional Radiology Service, Department of Radiology, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Wellington Rd, Clayton, VIC 3800, Australia
Interventional Radiology Service, Department of Radiology, Northern Health, 1231 Plenty Rd, Bundoora, VIC 3083, Australia
School of Medicine, Deakin University, 75 Pigdons Rd, Waurn Ponds, VIC 3216, Australia
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, 30 Royal Pde, Parkville, VIC 3052, Australia
Interventional Neuroradiology Service, Department of Radiology, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Interventional Radiology Service, Department of Radiology, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, 41 Victoria Pde, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
Interventional Radiology and Neurointerventional Services, Department of Radiology, Monash Health, 246 Clayton Rd, Clayton, VIC 3168, Australia
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Wellington Rd, Clayton, VIC 3800, Australia
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Balaclava Rd, Macquarie Park, NSW 2109, Australia
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Grattan St, Melbourne, VIC 3010, Australia
Interventional Radiology Service, Department of Radiology, Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont, Dublin 9, Ireland; Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 123 St Stephen's Green, Dublin D02 YN77, Ireland..
Issue Date: 21-Apr-2020
metadata.dc.date: 2020
Publication information: Clinical radiology 2020; online first: 21 April
Abstract: To assess differences in the exposure, teaching, knowledge, appreciation, and interest in interventional radiology (IR) between male and female doctors prior to specialisation and to identify potential predisposing factors to the gender inequality in interventional radiology. A prospective cross-sectional multicentre study was conducted using in-person and web-based distribution of a voluntary, anonymous questionnaire to junior doctors yet to commence specialisation at 11 health services across two Australian states. Complete responses were provided by 333 junior doctors (21.9% response rate). Women were significantly less likely than men to consider a career in IR (13.1% versus 29.7%, p < 0.001). No other statistically significant gender disparities were identified, as both men and women reported low levels of prior teaching and exposure to IR, strong belief in the importance of IR, and suboptimal knowledge of IR. The gender gap amongst practising Australian interventional radiologists is perpetuated by a consistent gender gap in upcoming junior doctors' desire to pursue IR. This disparity exists despite junior doctors receiving the same exposure and opportunities in interventional radiology, possibly suggesting that preconceived stereotypes or psychosocial factors deter females from pursuing this procedural, male-dominated subspecialty. Future qualitative studies are required to confirm this hypothesis, in conjunction with prospective, experimental trials to determine whether changes in education, mentorship, and advocacy can promote gender equality.
URI: http://ahro.austin.org.au/austinjspui/handle/1/23066
DOI: 10.1016/j.crad.2020.03.030
ORCID: 0000-0003-2475-9727
PubMed URL: 32331782
Type: Journal Article
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