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OBGYN Trainees Perception of Departmental Climate with Regards to Sexual Harassment

Purpose: To assess Obstetrics and Gynecology(OBGYN) trainees’ perception of departmental-cultural-climate(DCC) regarding sexual harassment(SH).

Background: Positive DCC results in better psychological health and workplace environment. Climates perceived to be permissive of SH by the employees has lower overall work satisfaction.

Methods: Using REDCap data collection tool, we conducted an anonymous survey of OBGYN trainees in ACGME-accredited residency/fellowship programs in the U.S. The survey included demographics; the validated Sexual Experience Questionnaire(SEQ) short form; and assessment of DCC via questions regarding institutional reporting systems and trainees’ perceptions of how complaints would be handled. Descriptive statistics were utilized.

Results: The survey was distributed to 1,473 residents/fellows in the U.S. with 26.8%(395/1,473) response rate. The prevalence of SH was 69.1%(253/366). 90.3%(331/366) of trainees felt safe in their institution, while only 3.0%(11/366) felt unsafe. 72.7%(8/11) of trainees who felt unsafe had experienced SH. 88.5%(337/381) believed their SH report would be taken seriously. 75.1%(286/381) believed privacy would be maintained. 80.3%(305/380) thought their department would support them, and 76.7%(289/377) that the report would be handled fairly. 15.6%(59/379) thought they would be labeled as a troublemaker, and 10%(38/379) thought they would be punished.  Only 3.3%(4/121) made an official report. 67.4%(149/221) did not tell anyone; and 39.4%(95/241) did not know of a reporting system. No action was taken for 47.5%(29/61) of the reports; the perpetrator was spoken to about their behavior[14.8%(9/61)]; concerns were taken seriously[8.2%(5/61)]; and, concerns were found to be unsubstantiated[1.6%(1/61)].

Discussions: OBGYN trainees are often reluctant to report SH, and OBGYN departments may to need improvement in DCC based on our results.

Topics: GME, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, Professionalism, Residency Coordinator, Residency Director, Osteopathic Faculty, Clerkship Director, Faculty, Resident, Student, 2020, CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting,

General Information


Intended
Audience
Student,Resident,Faculty,Clerkship Director,Osteopathic Faculty,Residency Director,Residency Coordinator,
Competencies
Addressed
Professionalism,Systems-Based Practice & Improvement,
Educational
Continuum
GME,
Educational
Focus
Clinical Focus

Author Information

Kimia Menhaji, MD; Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Woojin Chong, MD; Stephanie Pan, MS; Anne Hardart, MD 

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