ASGE Diversity Initiatives
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) embraces diversity as a strategy to advance the breadth of GI. ASGE members represent all aspects of the Society, including but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender and national origin. ASGE is an inclusive Society — we value the differences in our membership and we recognize that diversity adds value to our Society, our mission and the quality of our programs and services. Because we believe so strongly in diversity, we have created programs that support our initiatives.
ASGE Programs Support Diversity
ASGE Mentorship Program
ASGE is committed to enhancing the field of GI endoscopy by preparing future endoscopists with the skills needed to take on the challenges of their profession, including changes in technology, patient care and government regulation, among others,” said ASGE Diversity Committee Chair Tonya L. Adams, MD. “Along with the Diversity Committee, the ASGE Governing Board believes that mentoring is a vital element for trainees who are entering the profession of GI endoscopy. The ASGE Mentor Program matches seasoned members with trainees in a formalized relationship. 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.
Investing in the Future (IITF Program)
The “Investing in the Future Program” (IITF) is a collaborative initiative created by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and ASGE to encourage medical students from diverse backgrounds to consider specializing in gastroenterology. The second program took place in February 2012 at Hahnemann University Hospital (affiliated with Drexel University) in Philadelphia, PA. Fifty-five participants attended the program and the vast majority agreed that the program further stimulated their interest in pursuing a career in GI. A similar, overwhelmingly positive response was obtained from participants of the pilot program at Howard University Medical Center which took place in November 2011. ASGE and AGA are in currently planning the next IITF Program.
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 9, 2011.
ASGE Diversity Award
Applying for one of the ASGE Diversity Awards when submitting your abstract for DDW® 2012 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 2012. If your abstract is selected, you will be notified in March 2012, 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.