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Color Me Out: Discrimination and Perceptions of Institutional Response
Purpose: To examine experiences of discrimination and
microaggressions in our obstetrics and gynecology department and perceptions of
the institution’s responsiveness.
Background: Studies have demonstrated that discrimination exists
within medicine, and that it impacts physician satisfaction and
Methods: All obstetrics and gynecology faculty and residents
were invited to complete an anonymous, IRB-approved survey from February-June
2019. The survey incorporated questions from validated questionnaires.
Results: The response rate was 58% (87/151). Thirty respondents
(35%) identified as non-Caucasian. Fifty-five respondents (63%) reported
experiencing microaggressions at work, and of those, 25% experienced
microaggressions several times per week. Thirty-three respondents (38%)
experienced discrimination. Of the 69 respondents (79%) who experienced
microaggressions and/or discrimination, 67% felt their experiences were due to
gender, and 16% felt they were due to race/ancestry. Fifteen respondents (22%)
who experienced microaggressions and/or discrimination felt the institution
would not effectively address their concerns, and 25% did not believe diversity
was managed effectively.
Discussions: Most physicians experienced microaggressions or
discrimination, with gender or race/ancestry as common inciting factors. A
small but significant portion expressed concerns regarding the institution’s
effectiveness in managing discrimination and diversity. These findings merit
further investigation about how to address discrimination in medicine and how
to institute change.
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