Organizational Initiatives for Women in Pediatrics by Societies Included in the FOPO

Sponsoring SocietyInitiativeCharacteristics or OutcomeSpecificity Toward Women
AAPaWomen’s Wellness through Equity and Leadership Project, 2019114Nurture a cohort of early to midcareer female physicians in wellness, leadership, and equity initiativesFocused
Develop principles for equitable and productive work environments
Develop a sustainable cross-society data collection plan
Joint initiative between AAFP, ACP, ACOG, AP[sych]A, and AHA
Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, 2012Published a policy statement “Enhancing Pediatric Workforce Diversity and Providing Culturally Effective Pediatric Care: Implications for Practice, Education, and Policy Making”31 in 2013, which combined and updated 2 previous statements from the AAP on culturally effective health care and workforce diversityInclusive
Published the AAP Diversity and Inclusion Statement in 201834
Make recommendations regarding surveillance and tracking of member data
Outreach and inclusion activities in the AAP leadership pipeline
Integration and diversity initiatives within AAP medical education, leadership education, membership, and workforce activities
Task Force on Addressing Bias and DiscriminationDevelop a plan to address common types of bias across a broad spectrumInclusive
Report findings and recommendations; report is currently under review by the Board of Directors
Wellness Advisory Group and InitiativesEngage with the FOPO in working toward physician wellnessInclusive
Women-specific initiativesSponsored by a number of AAP councils and sections (eg, Women in Neonatology Group)Focused
ABPaLeadership developmentActively work to ensure and enhance diversity among individuals serving on volunteer boards and committeesFocused and inclusive
Women are prominently represented in leadership roles (eg, chair of Board of Directors, chair-elect, past chair)
Majority of Board of Directors and senior management team are women
Pediatric workforce developmentMove membership data into a dashboard platform, including information regarding location, certification, gender, etc.Inclusive
AMSPDCaWorkforce and leadership recommendationsPublished “Women in Pediatrics: Recommendations for the Future,” 2007115
Published “A Change in the Pediatric Leadership Landscape,” 2011116
Networking eventsYearly Women’s Chair Luncheon to foster and support the growing number of women chairs with specific talking points (eg, salary equity and turnover rates)Focused
Frontiers in Science ProgramAccepts 40 residents per yearInclusive
Each chair can nominate 1 resident but, during the last 2 years, 2 residents if 1 was considered underrepresented in medicine
All underrepresented-in-medicine nominees are automatically accepted, with remaining slots being open to remaining nominees by lottery
EducationLaunched webinar titled “Gender Bias: Advocating for Collaborative Leadership Solutions,” which is to be written up in the AMSPDC pages in the futureFocused
APAaWomen in Medicine Special Interest Group117Review disparities related to women in medicine, such as salary, advancement, negotiating, work-life integration, harassment, part-time work, and leadershipFocused
Women’s Wellness through Equity and Leadership Project114Detailed above (see AAP)Focused
Joint initiative between the AAFP, ACP, ACOG, AP[sych]A, and AHA
APPDaLearning communities118Facilitate member communication related to learning and projectsInclusive
Underrepresented Minorities in Pediatric Graduate Medical Education
APPD LEAD Program, 2012119Encourage women and minorities to take on leadership roles in the organization and programsInclusive
APSaDiversity and Inclusion Committee120Promote diversity and inclusion within the APSInclusive
Promote diversity and inclusion in academic pediatrics
Membership database, 2018Collect demographic information from APS membership to identify gaps, if presentInclusive
Make database accessible to members for leadership recruitment
FOPOaDiversity and Inclusion Working Group121Determine the state of diversity in the pediatric workforce and its level of cultural competency trainingInclusive
Includes the AAP, APA, APS, APPD, AMSPDC, and SPR
Workforce recommendations, 2015Published “Diversity and Inclusion Training in Pediatrics”121 with representation from the societies involved in the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group (noted above), 2015Inclusive
Published “Blueprint for Action: Visioning Summit on the Future of the Workforce in Pediatrics,” 201532
SPRaDiversity Workgroup122Enhance the diversity of SPR membership as well as among physician scientists or child health scientistsInclusive
Session at the Annual Meeting on DiversityHeld session entitled “Diversity in the Scientific Workforce: Why Is This Important in Pediatrics?” 2018Inclusive
Planning session on promotion of equity, 2020
Targeted grantsLaunch grant programs targeting women and others underrepresented in medicine to enhance diversity in the research workforceFocused and inclusive
Travel awards
Young Investigator Coaching Program
Joint society collaborationsJoined with Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusionInclusive
Other collaborations planned for the future
Perspective article, in developmentLinked early-stage and senior investigators to address building a career as a physician-scientist, including examples highlighting womenInclusive
  • The FOPO is an umbrella organization made up of leadership from the APA, AAP, ABP, APS, AMSPDC, APPD and SPR. AAFP, American Academy of Family Physicians; ABP, American Board of Pediatrics; ACOG, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology; ACP, American College of Physicians; AHA, American Hospital Association; AMSPDC, Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs; APA, American Pediatric Association; APPD, Association of Pediatric Program Directors; APS, American Pediatric Society; AP[sych]A, American Psychiatric Association; LEAD, Leadership in Educational Academic Development; LGBTQA, lesbian, gay, transgender, queer, asexual; SPR, Society for Pediatric Research.

  • a Information was collected via searches of the literature and each organization’s Web site. Additionally, we reached out to each organization at least twice requesting that they verify their information and offering them an opportunity to share other relevant initiatives. Each organization responded to our request.