Creating work environments where people of all genders in gynecologic oncology can thrive: An SGO evidence-based review

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      • All gynecologic oncology team members should have equal opportunities to advance in their careers.
      • Institutions should have systems to report sexual misconduct and apply zero-tolerance policies.
      • Gender-neutral mechanisms for mentorship, advancement and inclusion should be developed.
      • Work-life integration policies, including respect for parenting choices, will improve productivity and retention.


      Equality, equity, and parity in the workplace are necessary to optimize patient care across all aspects of medicine. Gender-based inequities remain an obstacle to quality of care, including within the now majority women subspecialty of gynecologic oncology. The results of the 2020 SGO State of the Society Survey prompted this evidence-based review. Evidence related to relevant aspects of the clinical care model by which women with malignancies are cared for is summarized. Recommendations are made that include ways to create work environments where all members of a gynecologic oncology clinical care team, regardless of gender, can thrive. These recommendations aim to improve equality and equity within the specialty and, in doing so, elevate the care that our patients receive.


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