Diversity in Medical Physics: Are We There Yet?
J Gallet1*, J Clements2, (1) UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX (2) Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Dallas, TXSU-E-P-23 Sunday 3:00PM - 6:00PM Room: Exhibit Hall
This presentation will reflect on the role of Diversity in Medical Physics and provide means to achieving a successful program based on the fundamental principles of Diversity.
A data review was conducted from available public resources to determine demographics in physics and in particular, Medical Physics. This data was compared year-to-year to achieve a relatively confident view of changes that have occurred over the past decade.
A comparison of current trending in Diversity was also researched in order to better define its philosophical basis and implementation within a scientific environment. In essence, a definition of Diversity was developed within the context of Medical Physics. Gaps that require more understanding were identified.
A working definition of Diversity was developed to better understand the demographics and trends as it applies in Medical Physics. Certain areas of Diversity within a Medical Physics context were identified as needing improvement such as a formal mentoring program. Even though the gender gap has narrowed over the years, other aspects within the working definition of Diversity are somewhat lagging behind.
Diversity within a scientific context such as is required for Medical Physicists is a complex undertaking. There is still much to be studied before implementing a successful Diversity program.