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Nearly two-thirds of gynecologic oncology respondents experienced sexual harassment


 

REPORTING FROM ASCO 2019

– Nearly two-thirds of more than 400 U.S.-based physician members of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology who participated in a recent survey reported experiencing sexual harassment in training or practice.

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Notably, of the 255 women and 147 men who responded, 71% and 51%, respectively, reported such sexual harassment – and only 15% overall reported it to officials, Marina Stasenko, MD, reported at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

The survey also addressed gender-based discrimination and disparities, including respondents’ views on pay disparities. In this video interview, Dr. Stasenko, a gynecologic oncology fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, discusses the findings, their implications and context in this age of #MeToo and #TimesUp, and potential approaches to addressing the ongoing problem and the concerns victims have about reporting harassment.

“We need to start by setting an example, saying these things are not tolerated [and] put that into policy – really show folks how it can be reported and what is being done once that report is filed,” she said.

Dr. Stasenko reported having no disclosures.

SOURCE: Stasenko M et al. ASCO 2019, Abstract LBA10502.

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