ASCO 2019: Gender Equity Needs a Diagnostic Approach

In the opening remarks from Monica Bertagnolli, MD at the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2019 Annual Meeting, she challenged the medical community to take an active, diagnostic look at the disparities that exist in the access and affordability of quality care.“We need to make a dedicated effort to ensure that … data include underrepresented minorities,” Bertagnolli said of her experience visiting underserved regions across the country.I would like to echo her challenge, asking that we go further in our examination of health equity in medicine and address gender equity in the medical workforce. It’s time to make an equally dedicated effort to ensure that our health care providers reflect the populations we serve. We can begin this work now by taking the same active, diagnostic look at how women are faring across all specialties and positions in medicine today.

Source: ASCO 2019: Gender Equity Needs a Diagnostic Approach

About Shikha Jain, MD FACP

I am a practicing, board-certified hematology/oncology physician in Chicago. I speak on topics ranging from the impact of social media on healthcare, how physicians can utilize social media, how to write Op-eds in the medical world, gender equity and barriers to career advancement, and topics in GI oncology and immunotherapy. My goal is to explain complicated topics in simple terms. I also enjoy writing and you can find some of my writing on this site. I am a mother to three amazing kids and married to a gastroenterologist. I look forward to connecting with you.

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