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ASGE Diversity Initiatives

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) values and recognizes the importance of embracing diversity and its impact on strengthening our members’ ability to provide excellent care to all patient populations, regardless of their background. The Society is committed to enhancing diversity by educating and training culturally competent gastroenterologists, as well as providing leadership opportunities to all members regardless of gender, age, religion, racial/ethnic group, sexual orientation, and disability status. Because we believe so strongly in diversity, we have created programs that support our initiatives.

Mentor Program logoASGE Programs Support Diversity

ASGE Mentorship Program
"One of the most important roles of the ASGE is to support gastroenterology trainees as they transition through the various stages of their professional development. The ASGE Mentorship Program provides a platform for trainees to be matched with resourceful and knowledgeable practicing gastroenterologists from around country who can advise them in many aspects of their career” said ASGE Diversity Committee Chair , Jennifer Christie, MD. Mentees can select a mentor based on gender, ethnicity, location, area of expertise or other criteria. Pairing an experienced ASGE member with an up-and-coming GI professional will provide valuable support to trainees who are committed to advancing in the field of GI endoscopy and providing high-quality healthcare to patients. If you are interested in becoming a mentee or mentor, click on the ASGE Mentor Program to learn more.

Investing in the Future (IITF Program)
The “Investing in the Future Program” (IITF) is a collaborative initiative with American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and ASGE to encourage medical students from diverse backgrounds to consider specializing in gastroenterology. This program has been in existence since 2011.  The program is comprised of presentation on the specialty of GI and a hands-on simulation.   There have been more than 18 programs where more than 1700 students have participated.  Some of the medical schools include:  Howard University College of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, Texas Tech University and the University of Puerto Rico.  The program has also take place at national medical conference such as: Association of American Indian Physicians, Latino Medical Student Association, and Student Medical Assocation.

ASGE Awards, Grants and Committees Support Diversity

Endoscopic Research Award (ERA)

The criteria for the Endoscopic Research Award (ERA) has expanded to now accept applications from individuals who are conducting research related to “under-represented minorities,” defined as “women and individuals of diverse ethnic/cultural backgrounds.” The ASGE Governing Board and the ASGE Diversity and Research Committees are committed to supporting research specific to women and people with ethnically diverse backgrounds. To be considered for an ERA, please submit your application by December 4, 2015.

ASGE Diversity Award

Applying for one of the ASGE Diversity Awards when submitting your abstract for DDW® 2016 is as easy as clicking a button! The ASGE Diversity Awards are granted to two individuals whose approved abstract content is based on gender or ethnicity. Each recipient will receive an award in the amount of $1,000. In addition, the recipients are recognized for their research during the Crystal Awards dinner and ceremony and in the ASGE DDW Program Guide, Crystal Awards program book and ASGE News. When submitting your abstract for review for DDW, please click the button indicating that you would like to be considered for the “ASGE Gender or Ethnicity Award.”  The deadline for abstract submissions is December 1. Please note that only approved abstracts will be considered for these awards. The Diversity Committee will review abstracts in February 2016. If your abstract is selected, you will be notified in March 2016, via email. 

Gastroenterology Women Committee (GWC)
GWC was formed in 1992 by ACG, who contacted AASLD with the goal of connecting the female members of ACG with AASLD Women’s committee.  Later, other societies joined forces with GWC. Today, GWC is composed of ASGE, AGA, NASPHGAN and AASLD members. GWC's mission is to "promote collaboration and interaction among the women members of the societies; to promote awareness, understanding, and research on gender differences in GI diseases, to support recruitment of women physicians to the specialty of GI and to support mentorship for trainees in GI fellowship." 

GWC advocates women's issues related to:

  • Addressing demographic changes among training and practicing US gastroenterologists.
  • Addressing career advancement challenges and opportunities facing women gastroenterologists.
  • Developing a forum for an idea exchange about career enhancement for women gastroenterologists.