In 2014, the EAPCI Women Committee was established to attain gender equality at both professional and patient level. The first Chair was Professor Julinda Mehilli (Germany) and in 2016, Dr Fina Mauri (Spain) was elected as Chair with Dr Maria Radu (Denmark) as Co-Chair.
This initiative is helping to raise awareness about the shortage of women in interventional cardiology. Only about 10% of interventional cardiologists are women. The reasons for this are varied, however it is essential that women are encouraged, mentored and given the same opportunity to pursue a career in interventional cardiology as men. A further reason for the creation of the EAPCI Women Committee is to address the significant gender disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of female patients compared to men, and to ensure women are considered in all aspects of scientific literature, including clinical trials and guidelines.
The Committee is divided into a number of subdivisions (groups):
There is a Scientific Group which studies the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease in females and promotes studies focussing on gender outcomes. In addition, there’s a campaign to encourage the screening, diagnosis and treatment of women with cardiovascular disease.
There are Network and Web Communications groups that aim to develop and promote the Committee.
The Career Orientation Group works to encourage interventional cardiology as a feasible career option for women and assists in creating national symposiums.
Finally, the Challenging Countries Group helps to improve conditions of women as a patient and as a professional in challenging countries, nowadays centred in Bangladesh and Egypt.
Anyone who is a member of the EAPCI, man or woman, who has an interest in gender related issues can join this pioneering community and help to contribute to the changing face of interventional cardiology.
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This group works to attain gender equality at patient level through the investigation on the different manifestation of cardiac disease and its treatment on men and women.
This group works to attain gender equality through the creation of a network of professionals interested in cardiology gender issues.
This group works to attain gender equality through achieving more members with the external communication and thanks to the actions of Women involved in EAPCI.
This group works to attain gender equality at the professional level through bringing models to work and helping women to achieve opportunities to enter in the world of interventional cardiology.
This group works to attain gender equality at patient and professional levels in challenging countries through working in public campaigns and helping young doctors to enter in the world of interventional cardiology.
This group works to attain gender equality through establishing relationships between other associations with similar vision.
The EAPCI Board and Committee members for term May 2016 - May 2018
Our mission: To reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease
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