Representation of women in speaking roles at surgical conferences

Katherine M. Gerull, Brandon Malik Wahba, Laurel M. Goldin, Jared McAllister, Andrew Wright, Amalia Cochran, Arghavan Salles

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In this cross-sectional analysis of 16 surgical societies in 2011 and 2016, the proportion of women in plenary speaking roles was generally low, and the proportion of women in session speaking roles was highly variable. The proportion of women on program committees and in society leadership roles were both positively associated with having women in session speaker roles and negatively associated with all-male panels. Societies should consider tracking the demographics of members and speaker invitations. Societies should also include more women on program committees in order to increase opportunities for women within societies.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019


  • Bias
  • Disparity
  • Diversity
  • Gender
  • Representation
  • Surgery


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