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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 83-84
 

Re; Pandit SR, Venugopal P, Keshavamurthy R, Chawla A. Challenges and gender-based differences for women in the Indian urological workforce: Results of a survey. Indian J Urol 2022;38:282-6


Department of Urology, AIIMS, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India

Date of Submission13-Oct-2022
Date of Decision21-Oct-2022
Date of Acceptance17-Dec-2022
Date of Web Publication29-Dec-2022

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Swarnendu Mandal
Department of Urology, AIIMS, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha
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DOI: 10.4103/iju.iju_360_22

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Singh K, Mandal S, Nayak P. Re; Pandit SR, Venugopal P, Keshavamurthy R, Chawla A. Challenges and gender-based differences for women in the Indian urological workforce: Results of a survey. Indian J Urol 2022;38:282-6. Indian J Urol 2023;39:83-4

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Singh K, Mandal S, Nayak P. Re; Pandit SR, Venugopal P, Keshavamurthy R, Chawla A. Challenges and gender-based differences for women in the Indian urological workforce: Results of a survey. Indian J Urol 2022;38:282-6. Indian J Urol [serial online] 2023 [cited 2023 Feb 2];39:83-4. Available from: https://www.indianjurol.com/text.asp?2023/39/1/83/365897


Pandit et al.[1] are to be congratulated for reporting the first-ever nationwide survey to identify women's personal and professional challenges in Urology. The authors presented the results of the 26-item questionnaire, which found that gender discrimination in training and work, lack of mentorship, pregnancy-related complications, and compromised careers due to family responsibilities are the main challenges women face in urology in India.

We would like to highlight a few points for consideration. First, studies utilizing self-reported survey data have inherent limitations associated with reporting biases. Second, at least 70% response rates are desirable for external validity[2]. To improve response rates, reminders could be sent (reminders have a powerful and positive influence on response rates). Third, female members representation in the Urological Society of India[3] was 35 of 3077 members (1.1%) in March 2022, so it is difficult to explain how in May 2021, 48 female urologists were quoted in the text? In the point of “Years in practice,” the total is 34, and in the point of “Paid less compared to male counterparts,” the total is 32, but actually, a total of 33 respondents exist.

All urologists must understand the struggles women in urology have undergone and still experience to continue to foster the careers of women in urology.[4] By understanding the unique needs of women as surgeons, providing adequate mentorship to women interested in surgical specialties, and exterminating sexual harassment, bias, and pigeonholing, let us, as a specialty, make urology a gender-neutral field.

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Conflicts of interest: There are no conflicts of interest.

 
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Pandit SR, Venugopal P, Keshavamurthy R, Chawla A. Challenges and gender-based differences for women in the Indian urological workforce: Results of a survey. Indian J Urol 2022;38:282-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Burns KE, Duffett M, Kho ME, Meade MO, Adhikari NK, Sinuff T, et al. A guide for the design and conduct of self-administered surveys of clinicians. CMAJ 2008;179:245-52.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Urological Society of India. Available from: https://usi.org.in/members/dashboard/directory/. [Last accessed on 2022 Mar 06].  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Grimsby GM, Wolter CE. The journey of women in urology: The perspective of a female urology resident. Urology 2013;81:3-6.  Back to cited text no. 4
    




 

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