Letter of Information

Purpose of the Research Survey Project:
You are being invited to consider participating in a survey project as a practicing Canadian gastroenterologist. The primary goal of this survey is to determine whether gastroenterology career profiles differ between male and female gastroenterologists. The information gathered will help in understanding any systemic barriers to career advancement related to gender and help shape future interventions to counteract these issues.

Description of the Program Development Project:
Who is being invited to participate? This survey is being disseminated to gastroenterologists practicing in Canada.

What will happen in the project? Participants are asked to complete a one-time survey online via surveymonkey. The survey is comprised of groups of questions generally aimed at understanding personal, professional, financial and practice characteristics of the participants. Some questions are of a more personal nature such as those regarding remuneration but an option to not answer is always available. No identifying information will be requested. In order to ensure no identifying data is collected, we request that participants do not provide identifying details in their short answer responses. We plan to store the anonymous data for up to 1 year in order to complete pooled analyses and eventually publish the results.

Potential Harms:
We know of no harm that taking part in this project could cause you.

Potential Discomforts or Inconvenience:
The short time taken to complete the survey is a potential inconvenience.

Potential Benefits to Individual Participants:
The data and analysis elicited from this survey will help to understand what systemic and cultural barriers exist within the Canadian gastroenterology field especially for female physicians to advance their careers. We hope that by determining obstacles, we may be able to create interventions in the future to overcome these barriers.

Confidentiality:
We will respect your privacy. No information about who you are will be given to anyone or be published without your permission, unless the law requires us to do this. For example, the law requires us to give information about you if a child has been abused, if you have an illness that could spread to others, if you or someone else talks about suicide (killing themselves), or if the court orders us to give them the study papers.

The data produced from this project will be stored in a secure, locked cabinet in the office of the Principal Investigator. Only members of the research team will have access to the data. This could include external project team members. Following completion of the research study, the data will be kept as long as required and then destroyed. Published project results will not reveal your identity.

Reimbursement:
There will be no reimbursement.

Participation:
It is your choice to take part in this project. You can stop at any time. By completing the survey and submitting it, you are consenting to the use of your information for purposes of the study.

Sponsorship:
There is no external sponsorship for this focus group project.

Conflict of Interest:
I, and the other investigators, have no conflict of interest to declare.

If you have any questions about this project, please call:
Natasha Bollegala MD, MSc, FRCPC (Principal Investigator) at 416-323-7543 or Noor Jawaid MD (Co-Investigator) at 647-546-6036.
If you have questions for the ethics committee, please contact APQIP project coordinator, Leah Kelley at leah.kelley@wchospital.ca or 416 323 6400 ext. 5218.

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* 1. How would you describe yourself?

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* 2. What is your age?

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* 3. What year did you graduate from Medical school?

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* 4. What year did you complete your Gastroenterology training?

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* 5. Do you have advanced Gastroenterology sub-specialty training?

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* 6. Do you have additional post-graduate education?

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* 7. What province or territory do you currently practice in?

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* 8. How would you describe your practice setting?

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* 9. How many years have you been in practice?

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* 10. What type of patient population do you see?

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* 11. What percentage of your practice is comprised of the following?

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* 12. How would you describe your practice? Predominantly:

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* 13. What is your current job description or position?

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* 14. If you hold an academic position, what is your academic rank?

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* 15. How did you acquire your first staff position?

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* 16. If you applied for positions, how many positions did you apply for?

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* 17. How would you describe your current employment hours?

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* 18. How many hours per week do you typically work?

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* 19. What is your estimated year of retirement or exit from gastroenterology?

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* 20. What is your marital status?

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* 21. If you are in a relationship, what is your spouse’s occupation?

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* 22. Do you feel that you have to choose between marriage and a career? Why or why not?

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* 23. Do you have children?

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* 24. If yes to above, how many children do you have?

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* 25. If yes to above, at what age did you have your first child?

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* 26. If yes to above, who is/was the predominant caregiver?

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* 27. Did you feel you had to choose between having children and a career? Why or why not?

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* 28. What is your total gross (before taxes) family annual income?

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* 29. What is your total gross (before taxes) personal annual income?

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* 30. Do you perceive your current income to be reflective of your true income earning potential?

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* 31. If no, what factor(s) do you feel limit your income earning ability? Check all that apply.

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* 32. Do you experience job related insecurity (becoming unemployed or earning less than your perceived income potential)?

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* 33. Who were your mentors in General Internal Medicine residency training?

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* 34. Who were your mentors in Gastroenterology residency training?

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* 35. How did you acquire your mentors in Gastroenterology residency training?

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* 36. Did you feel that because of who you are (intrinsic factors such as marital status, gender, etc.), people had different expectations of you in Gastroenterology training?

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* 37. If yes – were the different expectations predominantly because of your:

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* 38. Do you believe you had more difficulty achieving success in your gastroenterology residency training compared to your peers?

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* 39. Was your medical training interrupted?

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* 40. If yes – what was the predominant reason?

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* 41. Have you experienced difficulty managing competing interests with regards to your personal life and career?

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* 42. If yes, what issues did you experience difficulty with? Select all that apply:

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* 43. Have you ever held an administrative position?

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* 44. If yes, which of the following administrative positions have you held?

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* 45. Do you feel that lack of recognition for your work or new ideas is a problem?

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* 46. Do you believe you have a more challenging relationship with senior colleagues compared to your peers?

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* 47. Do you perceive your ability to be promoted inferior to that of your peers?

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* 48. If you have an academic job description, do you perceive academic pursuits such as publishing as first author or being a primary investigator for a research grant more difficult compared to your peers?

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* 49. Do you believe you have a more challenging relationship with support staff (e.g. nursing) compared to your peers?

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* 50. Do you believe you have a more challenging relationship with administrative staff compared to your peers?

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* 51. Do you perceive your clinical competence to be more frequently challenged as a staff gastroenterologist, compared to your peers?

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