Analysis of Speaker Introduction Formality by Gender at the American College of Gastroenterology 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting

Lauren D. Feld, Erin R. Cleveland, Loren G. Rabinowitz, Vijaya L. Rao, Daniel Bushyhead, Thomas Couri, Rachel B. Issaka

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Abstract

Background: Gender-based differences in the use of professional titles during speaker introductions have been described in other medical specialties. Aims: Our primary aim was to assess gender-based differences in the formality of speaker introductions at the American College of Gastroenterology 2020 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting. Our secondary aim was to assess gender-based differences in the formality of speaker self-introductions. Methods: Reviewed presentations from the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting for gender-based differences in professional title use during speaker introductions and self-introductions. Results: Speakers included 29 women (37.2%) and 49 men (62.8%). We found no significant gender differences in the use of professional titles by introducers (t(67) = − 0.775, p = 0.441) or in self-introductions (36.4% of women vs. 41.9% of men, t(63) = 0.422, p = 0.674). Conclusion: The lack of gender differences in professional title use may represent a novel advantage of virtual meeting formats or suggest increased attention to gender bias in introductions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDigestive Diseases and Sciences
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Bias
  • Gender equity
  • Microaggressions
  • Professionalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Gastroenterology

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