Career Development | Study Finds Unique Barriers For Women in Interventional Cardiology

Directly addressing the unique barriers cited by women in interventional cardiology may provide the most impact in reducing gender imbalances in the field, according to a study published Jan. 16 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. Based off an online survey of cardiovascular Fellows in Training (FITs), Celina M. Yong, MD, et. al, assessed FIT perspectives regarding subspecialty choices. Results showed that men were more likely to choose interventional cardiology than women, and while men were more likely to be influenced by positive attributes to pursue interventional cardiology, women were significantly more likely to be influenced by negative attributes against pursuing the field. "Even in the modern era of improved representation of women across most other medical specialties, this study provides evidence that interventional cardiology lags behind," the authors write. "If we hope to have a workforce that reflects the diversity of our patients and optimizes delivery of care, targeted resolution will maximize the impact of our efforts." Read more on