Gender equity imbalance in electrocardiology: A call to action

E. Clarke Whalen, G. Xu, I. Cygankiewicz, L. Bacharova, W. Zareba, JS S. Steinberg, Larisa Tereshchenko, A. Baranchuk

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    Despite the increasing number of women entering the medical profession, senior positions and academic productivity in many fields of medicine remain to be men dominated. We explored gender equity in electrocardiology as perceived by recent academic productivity and also active participation (presidencies and board constituents) in both the International Society of Electrocardiology (ISE) and the International Society for Holter and Noninvasive Electrocardiology (ISHNE). Academic productivity was measured by authorship (first and senior) in the Journal of Electrocardiology (JECG) and the Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology (ANE) in 2015. The percentage of women ISE and ISHNE Presidents was 5.6% and 0%, respectively. Current women board constituents for each society was 12.1% for ISE, and 9.4% for ISHNE. JECG articles published in 2015 had considerably less women compared to men for both senior (16.3%) and first (25.3%) authorship. ANE articles published in 2015 followed the same trends in gender, having less women compared to men for both senior (9.4%) and first (19.3%) authorship. There is a gender equity imbalance in the field of Electrocardiology. Identifying a gender imbalance is important for understanding reasons behind these trends, and may also help improve gender equity in Electrocardiology.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    JournalJournal of Electrocardiology
    StateAccepted/In press - 2017


    • ECG
    • Electrocardiography
    • Electrocardiology
    • Gender equity

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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