Representation of Women in Vitreoretinal Meeting Faculty Roles from 2015 through 2019

Jayanth Sridhar, Ajay E. Kuriyan, Yoshihiro Yonekawa, Audina Berrocal, M. Ali Khan, R. V.Paul Chan, Julia A. Haller

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Purpose: To describe the proportion of female faculty presenting or moderating at vitreoretinal meetings from 2015 through 2019. Design: Retrospective trend study. Subjects: 6 highly attended annual national vitreoretinal meetings from 2015 to 2019 (30 total meetings) Methods: Conference programs were acquired either through online search or directly from meeting organizers and were reviewed and analyzed. Genders of program committee members, first author main podium presenters of papers and nonpaper presenters, main podium panelists, and main podium moderators were recorded. A χ2 analysis was performed to compare the proportion of women with podium roles in 2015 and those in each subsequent year until 2019. Main outcome measurements: change in proportion of women filling faculty roles in 2015 versus those in 2019. Results: A total of 4,521 faculty roles were included for analysis. Women filled 22.1% of those roles and were more likely to be included as invited moderators or panelists (25.0%) than as paper (21.4%) or non-paper (19.8%) presenters. Meetings with at least one female program committee member were significantly more likely to include female non-paper presenters (P = .02), moderators or panelists (P = .02), and total women faculty (P < .001). Although there were no significant changes in the proportion of women when comparing consecutive years, the overall trend was for an increased proportion of women faculty, with a significant increase from 19.6% in 2015 to 25.5% in 2019 (P = .002). When the types of faculty roles filled by women were examined, there was a statistically significant increase from 2015 to 2019 in the proportion of abstract presentations (19.7% vs. 25.2%, respectively; P = .045) but a nonstatistically significant increase in invited presentations and moderator or panelist roles. Conclusions and Relevance: Women filled less than one-fourth of the main podium faculty roles at vitreoretinal meetings included for analysis over a 5-year period, although there was a significant increase in female representation when 2015 and 2019 participation were compared. Meetings with at least 1 female program committee member filled non-paper podium faculty roles with a significantly greater proportion of women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-136
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
StatePublished - Jan 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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