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Korean J Gastroenterol 2019; 74(3): 149-158  https://doi.org/10.4166/kjg.2019.74.3.149
Importance of a Diversity Committee in Advancing the Korean Society of Gastroenterology: A Survey Analysis
Sung Eun Kim1, Nayoung Kim2 , Young Sook Park3, Eun Young Kim4, Seun Ja Park1, Ki-Nam Shim5, Yoon Jin Choi6, Geum-Youn Gwak7 and Seon Mee Park8
Department of Internal Medicine, Kosin University College of Medicine1, Busan; Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital2, Seongnam; Department of Internal Medicine, Eulji University School of Medicine3, Seoul; Department of Internal Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu School of Medicine4, Daegu; Department of Internal Medicine, Ewha Womans University College of Medicine5; Department of Internal Medicine, Korea University Guro Hospital6; Department of Internal Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine7, Seoul; Department of Internal Medicine, Chungbuk National University College of Medicine8, Cheongju, Korea
Correspondence to: Nayoung Kim, Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, 82 Gumi-ro 173beon-gil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam 13620, Korea. Tel: +82-31-787-7008, Fax: +82-31-787-4051, E-mail: nayoungkim49@empas.com, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9397-0406
Received: April 23, 2019; Revised: July 2, 2019; Accepted: July 5, 2019; Published online: September 25, 2019.
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Background/Aims: The numbers of women, young doctors, and foreigners in the medical field have increased continuously. On the other hand, the environment for these minority groups has not improved, particularly in Eastern countries. The authors aimed to increase the awareness of the importance of a Diversity Committee in the Korean Society of Gastroenterology (KSG) by an analysis of a survey.
Methods: From January to February in 2019, a survey was conducted on physicians and a few medical students by googling. The questionnaire consisted of the target doctors of the Diversity Committee, purpose, specific activities, and expected effects of Diversity Committee to the KSG. The participants requested to respond with yes/no or a 5-point scale.
Results: A total of 202 participants completed the questionnaire, and 93.5% (189/202) were medical specialists. The proportion of males was 61.9% (125/202), and 39.6% (80/202) and 36.1% (73/202) participants were in their 30s and 40s, respectively. A total of 174 participants (86.1%) agreed with the necessity of a Diversity Committee, and 180 participants (89.1%) answered this committee would help advance the KSG with significant differences between males and females (80.8% vs. 94.8%, p=0.006; 84.8% vs. 96.1%, p=0.011). Similarly, there were significant differences in the responses according to sex in most questions.
Conclusions: Most participants of the survey expected a contribution of the Diversity Committee to the advancement of the KSG. On the other hand, in most of the priorities of the target, purpose, specific activities, and expected effects of the Diversity Committee, there was a difference in the perceptions between males and females. Therefore, continuous efforts are needed to reduce the differences within the KSG.
Keywords: Diversity; Awareness; Female; Male; Surveys and questionnaires

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