Millie Long, MD, MPH, FACG
AJG Co-Editor-in-Chief

Dear Colleagues,

September is Women in Medicine Month! Please join me in celebrating the accomplishments of ACG’s women in gastroenterology. The rising number of women in medicine are working towards advancing equity, ensuring inclusion, and driving the future change needed in gastroenterology and hepatology. Women in gastroenterology have felt empowered to challenge the status quo. It is exciting to see the positive forward momentum, and I am honored to be a part of it.

In all areas of medicine and gastroenterology, women are changing the lives of patients, their trainees, and their colleagues for the better.

Given gastroenterology has historically been a male-predominant specialty, women within the specialty have encountered challenges, including inequity in salary and opportunities, harassment, and lack of flexibility. These factors can make recruitment and retention into the field more difficult. While we continue to recruit into the pipeline, we need to ensure we are providing the ideal training and working environments to maintain our momentum. —Millie Long

How ACG is Supporting Women Gastroenterologists

ACG’s Women in GI Committee supports women by encouraging participation and advancement of women in gastroenterology, promoting research and understanding of the gender differences in gastrointestinal diseases, and bringing greater awareness to the unique issues faced by women in the field. The Committee provides information for women in gastroenterology on different practice models, work-life integration, pregnancy, gender equity, teamwork, leadership, and much more.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Bringing Women Into the Scope of Gastroenterology
Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG
The American Journal of Gastroenterology Lecture, presented at the 2021 ACG Annual Scientific Meeting
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Taking on Leadership Roles: Where to Start
Jami Kinnucan, MD, FACG; Aline Charabaty, MD, FACG; Uzma Siddiqui, MD, FACG & Naemat Sandhu, MD
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Family Matters: Conception Challenges, IVF, and Parental Leave for Physicians
Faculty: Ashley Gilmore, MD
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Career Opportunities for Women in GI
Lin Chang, MD, FACG; Danielle E. Marino, MD; Shireen A. Pais, MD, FACG; Kumkum S. Patel, MD; Vonda G. Reeves, MD, MBA, FACG; Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, FACG; Lavanya Viswanathan, MD, MS; Jana G. Al Hashash, MD, FACG & Julie Tobak, MD
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Top Articles

From Glass Slippers to Glass Ceilings: Will We Ever Stop Walking on Broken Glass?
Lavanya Viswanathan, MD, MS; Pegah Hosseini-Carroll, MD, FACG & Christina M. Surawicz, MD, MACG
The American Journal of Gastroenterology, August 2023

Assessing Family Leave Policies and Pregnancy Outcomes Among Gastroenterologists: A Survey of Physicians in the American College of Gastroenterology
Shazia Ali, MD, FACG; Reezwana Chowdhury, MD; Krystle Bittner, MPH; Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG & Shivangi Kothari, MD, FACG
The American Journal of Gastroenterology, August 2023

Women in Medicine: Honoring the Past and Bringing Women Further Into the Scope of Gastroenterology
Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG
The American Journal of Gastroenterology, February 2023

Let’s Have Some Clarity on Academic Parity
Debbie L. Shawcross, MBBS, MD & Florence Wong, MBBS, MD
The American Journal of Gastroenterology, February 2023

Conversations with Women in GI: The Movement Toward Environmental Sustainability in GI
Rabia A. de Latour, MD & Swapna Gayam, MD, FACG
ACG Magazine, Summer 2023

Conversations with Women in GI: Transition from Private Practice to a Career in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Anca I. Pop, MD, MBA
ACG Magazine, Winter 2022

Conversations with Women in GI: From Medical Training in Mexico City to Expertise in Hepatology
Guadalupe Garcia Tsao, MD, FACG
ACG Magazine, Fall 2022

GI Jane: Life in the Trenches
ACG Magazine, Spring 2022

Conversations with Women in GI: Identifying Barriers for Patients and Providers
Lauren D. Nephew, MD, MAE, MSc
ACG Magazine, Summer 2022

Use Social Media to Recognize ACG’s Women Gastroenterologists

In honor of Women in Medicine Month, let’s recognize the achievements of #ACGWomen on Twitter! Nominate your colleagues to celebrate their role in patient care and advancement of women in medicine.

Tag your nominee in a tweet and share why they inspire you, using the hashtags #WIMMonth and #ACGwomen, and include @AmCollegeGastro so we can share it with the GI community! Other suggested hashtags are #WomeninGI #DiversityinGI #SheLeadsGI.