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Gender disparity in speakers at a major academic emergency medicine conference
  1. Benjamin Partiali1,
  2. Sandra Oska1,
  3. Ross Benjamin Touriel1,
  4. Anthony Delise1,
  5. Antonio Barbat1,
  6. Adam Folbe2
  1. 1Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Rochester, Michigan, USA
  2. 2Otolaryngology, William Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak, Royal Oak, Michigan, USA
  1. Correspondence to Benjamin Partiali, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Rochester, MI 48039, USA; partiali{at}


Background Although women make up a substantial portion of the workforce in emergency medicine, they remain under-represented in academia.

Methods This study investigates trends in the representation of female speakers at the American College of Emergency Physicians scientific assembly—the largest academic emergency medicine conference in the world. Publication profiles, speaking duration and gender composition of speakers were collected and compared over a 3-year period.

Results The authors described increased representation of female speakers at the conference from 2016 to 2018, as well as an upward trend in women’s actual speaking time.

Conclusion This upward trend in women’s representation may translate to more opportunities for female engagement in academic emergency medicine. Despite the increasing representation of women, male speakers outnumbered female speakers all 3 years, demonstrating that a speaker gender gap persists in academic emergency medicine.

  • education
  • emergency department
  • research, epidemiology

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  • Contributors BP participated in study design, data collection, analysis and writing of the manuscript. SRO was responsible for data interpretation, statistical analysis of the data, study design and the writing of the manuscript. RBT, AD and ANB are responsible for data collection. AF supervised the project and helped develop the idea for the project.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement Data are available in a public, open access repository. Not applicable.

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