Number of Female IC Residents in US on the Rise

The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) releases an annual data report which includes the number of residents in each medical speciality broken down by gender. The (publicly available) reports go back to 2007-2008 when the number of female ICs was a meager 6%, but women are on the rise in interventional cardiology, and the 2011-2012 ACGME report shows that they now represent a more healthy 10% of IC residents in the US. Could this increase be due to groups like SCAI Women in Innovations working to make women more visible in the field, and addressing the gender-specific challenges women face as interventional cardiologists? Maybe. While we’ll never know for sure, and there are certainly other factors at play, we’re excited to see the trend.



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