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Bias in Obstetrician–Gynecologists' Workplaces

Chescheir, Nancy C., MD; Benner, Rebecca S., MPS

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002869
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Obstetrician–gynecologists (ob-gyns) face similar types of biases in the workplace as any people in society. In this first of three articles exploring this issue, we present the stories from ob-gyns who describe their experiences dealing with these biases. These stories serve to personalize the issue and to encourage us to personally face bias in the workplace to build our own resilience and strength, to support those who are personally attacked or diminished, and to develop workplace cultures that are inclusive, diverse, and strong.

In this first of three articles exploring the issue of bias in the workplace, the authors present stories from obstetrician–gynecologists who describe their experiences dealing with these biases

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Washington, DC.

Corresponding author: Nancy C. Chescheir, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024-2188; email: obgyn@greenjournal.org.

Financial Disclosure The authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

The authors thank those who responded to the journal's call for submissions and shared their personal stories, which are published anonymously herein. The authors also thank Randi Y. Zung, MA, for collecting, curating, and editing the stories received by the journal. Finally, the authors acknowledge the other members of the advisory committee for this series for their enthusiasm for addressing these topics with thoughtful, evidence-based, and committed voices. The three articles in the trilogy are better off because of the diverse membership of our group: Dr. Verda Hicks, Dr. Kemi M. Doll, Dr. Kacey Y. Eichelberger, Dr. Ashish Premkumar, Dr. Andrea V. Jackson, and Dr. Laura E. Riley.

Rebecca S. Benner is an employee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. All opinions expressed in this article are the authors' and do not necessarily reflect the policies and views of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Chescheir, Editor-in-Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology, was not involved in the review or decision to publish this article.

Each author has indicated that she has met the journal's requirements for authorship.

Received April 06, 2018

Received in revised form July 09, 2018

Accepted July 12, 2018

© 2018 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.