What can professional introductions before Grand Rounds lectures tell us about hierarchical, gender, or descriptive bias? A new article in the Journal of Surgical Education aims to find out.
“Professional Address during Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds Introductions: Setting the Stage, Setting the Standard”, by Christine Heisler, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of FPMRS, Emily Buttigieg, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of ASOG, and others, examined speaker introductions from 57 Grand Rounds lectures to assess for bias:
“Consistent use of “doctor” was similar by men and women introducers….Assistant professors were more likely to maintain professional address during introductions, compared to associate or full professors…Trainees were less likely than faculty to be addressed professionally at any time during introductions…Descriptors were used for men and women presenters, though men received more female-gendered descriptors than women…Women introducers used productivity descriptors less often than men introducers.”
Read the whole article here!