Diversity Initiatives

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 the following programs, awards and committees that support our initiatives:

ASGE Mentorship Program

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 specialty and providing high-quality healthcare to patients. Mentees can select a mentor based on gender, ethnicity, location, area of expertise, or other criteria. Apply here:  ASGE Mentor Program.

Investing in the Future (IITF Program)

IITF is a collaborative initiative with the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and ASGE to encourage medical students from diverse backgrounds to consider specializing in gastroenterology. The program consists of a presentation on the specialty and a hands-on simulation. Since its inception in 2011, more than 1,700 students have participated in 18 programs.

Endoscopic Research Award (ERA)

The ASGE Governing Board and the ASGE Diversity and Research Committees are committed to supporting research specific to women and to individuals with ethnically diverse backgrounds.

ASGE Diversity Award

Each year, two individuals will receive a $1,000 award based on an approved abstract focused on gender or ethnicity. In addition, the recipients are recognized for their research during the Crystal Awards dinner, ceremony, and program book, as well as in the ASGE DDW Program Guide, and ASGE News.

Gastroenterology Women Committee (GWC)

Formed in 1992, GWC is composed of ASGE, AASLD, AGA, NASPHGAN and members. Its 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."