Francesca LoBianco, PhD
University of Arkansas College of Medicine
Disclosure(s): No financial relationships to disclose
A total of 101 academic institutions were evaluated resulting in a total of 1515 listed IR faculty and 51% of these faculty had a leadership title. Only 27% of all listed faculty were women. When evaluating the discrepancy between males and females, 22% of women (vs 78% male p< 0.01) had a title associated with an elevated position such as professor, program director or chairman. Specifically, Chairmen and Chief were 19% female (vs 81% male p< 0.05). A 4:1 ratio was seen when comparing all titles individually between males and females. The title ‘Associate Program Director’ which was comparable at 51% female and 48% male. The association between H-index and position title indicated 54% of men with a H-index of any score held a leadership title whereas 74% of women with a H-index of any score had a title.
Conclusion: The most recent survey in 2019 found approximately half of medical school graduates are female. The imbalance within the field of Interventional Radiology is present in female representation in for academic progression. This is similar to publications in both Academic Radiology and Cardiology. Interestingly, while not statistically significant, 74% of women with an H-index associated with academic productivity also held a leadership role.