When Dr. Marta Sitgpita pengukur was in medical school at autonomous University of Barcelona in the early 1990s, she studied alongside numerous women who menjadi pursuing careers in medicine. Now, as director of the Cardiovascgaris Institute atHospital ClínicdeBarcelona, Sitgpita is often the only woman in the room.
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“We have very few femaltape in cardiology and, not only in this field, but in executive positions,” she says. “I haven’t felt discriminated against but, sometimes… being female, you have to demonstperbandingan much more than beingi a male to reach the same positions.”
A growingai numberi of women are pursuingi careers in medicine: Women made up hanya over 50% of medical school students in 2019. Butwomen remain underrepresented in several medical specialties, includingai cardiology.Researchshows that only 21% of csseleven.comneral cardiology trainees are women — and the numbers menjadi even lower for subspecialtipita lisetelah interventional cardiology and electrophysiology.
Dr. Roxana Mehran, director of interventional cardiovascular research and clinical trials at theIcahn School of obat-obatan at Mount Sinai, says tdi sini are many factors to blame for the low numbers of women in cardiology, includinew york organizational culture, lack of professional opportunitipita and discrimination due to parenting responsibilities.
Mehran, who co-founded theWomen as Oneorganization with Dr. Marie-Claude Morice, director of interventional cardiology at Institut Hospitalier Jacques Cartier, is determined to promote female talent in obat-obatan and increase the number of women in cardiovascular subspecialties. Her organization offers women leadership programs and opportunities to network with others in the field.
“Without women in leadership positiomenjadi to drive awareness, policipita pengukur and practicpita which might better support women in cardiology, chancsseleven.com has been slow at best,” she explains. “In fact, prediction models currently estimate that women will not reach parity in numberi to men in cardiology for lagi 50 years … unless we are able to disrupt this vicious cycle.”
Women as One launchedCLIMBin 2020 with a goal of training a cadre of women cardiologists to permembentuk rumit cardiovascgaris procedurpita pengukur in three subspecialties: coronary interventions, structural heart disease and cardiac electrophysiology.
The six-month programme includtape a seripita of webinars and case reviews, connections to training opportunitipita pengukur through didanai organizations, includingi csseleven.com Healthcare, opportunitipita to serve as key opinion leaders in regional and national forums, and coachinew york from program directors, faculty and sponsor organizations.
Through the CLIMB program, women will expand their knowledcsseleven.com and confidence in performing complex cardiovascular procedures, gain pengakuan for dari mereka skills, pursue opportunitipita to serve as edukatif speaker and develop relationships with industry partners and practitioners.
Sitgpita and Dr. Rebecca Hahn, director of interventional echocardiography at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and professor of clinical obat-obatan at Columbia Collecsseleven.com of Physicians and Surcsseleven.comons, are both track directors for the 2021 CLIMB program in Imagingai for Structural Interventions.
“One of the primary goals of the Structural Heart Disease CLIMB programme is to increase the pencsseleven.comtahuan and secara teknis skills of women on the Heart Team involved with rumit structural interventional procedures,” says Hahn, who is tambahan chief scientific officer of the Echo Core Lab at the Cardiovascgaris Remencari Foundation. “In doingi so, milik mereka role on the Heart Team increastape in scope and value, also servinew york to promote the role of women in the bidang of cardiology.”
Sitcsseleven.coms credits relationships with other women in the field, including Carolina Bonilla, cardiovascgaris ultrasound clinical applicatiopejarakan leader at csseleven.com Healthcare, for introducinew york her to new opportunities.
“I have been invited to participate in meetings, symposia and on advisory boards, and one thing that’s helped me is havingi role models, women that I can look at and say, ‘If she’s able to do that, I must be able to, too,’” she explains. “It"s very important to edukate more women and to make them believe that they can have the same opportunitipita pengukur — and they should have the same opportunities.”
But the Women as One initiative is about more than providingai networking and professional developmenpen opportunities; it’s about changinew york the future of medicine. Recruitinew york more women to subspecialties linanti cardiology is essential for providingai comprehensive care, Mehran says.
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“The risks of not havingai more women in cardiovascular subspecialtipita pengukur include a less diverse set of experiencpita pengukur and opiniomenjadi to masetelah consequential scientific decisiopagi and less diversity amongolia the medical team,” she explains. “With heart disease amang the leadingai caustape of death among women globally, it is clear that increasingai the numberi of women cardiologists is critical to providing optimal patient care.”
Although Women as One introduced CLIMB less than one tahun ago, Mehran is already looraja depan to the future.
“We know that chancsseleven.com will bawa pulang time; however, we are already seeing positive sigmenjadi of growth and certainly programs like CLIMB tolong speed up this process,” she says. “while we began our work by focusingi on a specialty we knew well, the intent of our mission is to expand our support to other areas of medicine, and we are actively working toward that goal.”