Q: What changes do you see for the specialty in the next ten years?
Although 44 percent of all medical residents are women, only 27 percent of residents in radiology are women. Similarly, 9.6 percent of all medical residents are underrepresented minorities, while only 5.5 percent of radiology residents are part of this cohort. This matters as the specialty seeks equity within its membership — and when practices look at their bottom lines. Research shows organizations in the top quartile for gender and ethnic diversity are more likely to outperform those in the bottom quartile.
The first step in solving a problem is its recognition. Attend a national radiology meeting, pick up a recent issue of the JACR®, or view the webpage of a leading academic radiology program, and you’ll see a theme: diversity and inclusion. From the creation of the ACR Commission for Women and Diversity to childcare services being offered for the first time at the 2018 ACR Annual Meeting, it seems the radiology community has finally decided to tackle this problem. The recognition of this issue and the conscious decision to address it, will be paramount to radiology’s advancement. So although AI and machine learning are creating a buzz in the radiology community, equal or even more excitement should be felt by the hope of a more diverse and inclusive specialty.
By Humaira Chaudhry, MD, division chief of diagnostic imaging and assistant professor of diagnostic radiology at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, N.J.
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2. Hunt, V, Layton, D, and Prince, S. Why Diversity Matters. McKinsey & Company. January 2015. Available at bit.ly/Diversity_Matters.