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Diversity in membership and leadership positions in a regional vascular society.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20346339     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
PURPOSE: To determine diversity in the membership and analyze representation of private practitioners and ethnic and racial minorities/women in senior leadership roles in a regional vascular society.
METHODS: The program book distributed at the 2008 annual meeting was used to compile information on membership categories, academic status, gender, and ethnic origin of members. Excluded from further analysis were all but active and senior members (n = 386). Officers for President and current President-Elect (P, n = 31), Secretary (S, n = 10), Treasurer (T, n = 11), and Councilor (C, n = 33) over a 30-year period were scrutinized for similar information. Members were considered to be "academic" if they worked full time at an academic medical center or as faculty at a teaching hospital with a vascular fellowship and national recognition. Private practice (PP) or academic practice (AP) was determined by personal knowledge, mailing address, e-mail address, and search engines. Ethnic and racial origin was determined by name, personal knowledge, or a web search.
RESULTS: Of the 386 active and senior members in the society, 86% were white, 13.7% were of various ethnic/racial groups, and 5.7% were women. Sixty-eight percent of members were in PP. Female members were more likely to be in AP compared with male members (68.1% vs 29.6%, P <.0002). White males made up 89.4% of all officers and 94.2% of all senior positions over the 30 years of the society. Seventy officer positions were occupied by those in AP (82.3%) vs 15 positions (18%) for the PP group. For the senior positions, 92.3% were from the AP group compared with the 8% from the PP group. (P < .0036) White male academics (WMAs) (23.7% of membership) occupied 86% of all senior leadership and 57% of C positions compared with 13% and 42%, respectively, for the rest of the membership (P < .0041). Of the 33 C positions, 66.6% were filled by members in AP. Of these 22 AP Councilors, 11 (50%) then moved up to senior leadership positions compared with two of 11 (18%) PP councilors (P = .07).
CONCLUSIONS: Ethnic and racial minorities and women are under represented in the membership compared with the general population, medical school graduates, and faculty. PPs and non-white male academics are under represented in senior leadership positions. With changing demographics, a predicted shortage of vascular surgeons, the need for role models in leadership positions and a push to culturally competent care, regional and national societies must change course and promote a more diverse membership and representative senior leadership.
Authors:
Bhagwan Satiani; Patrick S Vaccaro; Michael R Go
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of vascular surgery     Volume:  51     ISSN:  1097-6809     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Vasc. Surg.     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-29     Completed Date:  2010-04-15     Revised Date:  2012-10-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8407742     Medline TA:  J Vasc Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  47S-52S     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Published by Mosby, Inc.
Affiliation:
Division of Vascular Diseases and Surgery, Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University Medical Center and The OSU Heart and Vascular Center, Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA. bhagwan.satiani@osumc.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Academic Medical Centers
Career Choice*
Career Mobility
Continental Population Groups*
Cultural Characteristics
Cultural Competency
Cultural Diversity*
Educational Status
Ethnic Groups*
Female
Humans
Leadership*
Male
Private Practice
Quality of Health Care
Sex Factors
Societies, Medical / organization & administration*
Time Factors
United States / epidemiology
Vascular Surgical Procedures / manpower*

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