Women in IR
Interventional radiology, like many other surgical specialties, has historically been a male dominated field. Despite ever increasing numbers of female medical students and radiology trainees, the under-representation of women as IR trainees and consultants persists.
As demand for IR continues to grow, the IR gender gap needs to be addressed to recruit the talent needed for the growth of the specialty.
Meet the women paving the way
The BSIR Women in Image Guided Surgery (WIIGS) group was formed to understand the reasons for the gender gap in IR and encourage women to enter the specialty. They held their inagural luncheon at the BSIR ASM 2019 in Manchester.
The BSIR also established in 2019 a Women and Diversity committee, aiming to address and overcome obstacles to women and marginalised groups against entering or excelling in IR.