Mentoring in the Midst of #MeToo Sun, Sep 30 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Women continue to be underrepresented in plastic and reconstructive surgery. In 2010, 14% of board-certified plastic surgeons were women. According to data published from 2000-2013 by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the female-to-male ratio of practicing surgeons in plastic surgery is approximately 1:5. A smaller discrepancy exists among plastic surgery residents (integrated: 1 to 15; independent: 1 to 3.0). Although the gender gap is narrowing, women continue to be underrepresented.

While #MeToo has been rallying cry and wake-up call for businesses and institutions of higher learning across the country, an unintended consequence may be an increase in discomfort of male mentors to mentor female mentees. Participation of male mentors is critical to continuing the progress made thus far in narrowing the gender divide, improving diversity in our specialty, and mentoring women into positions of leadership in our flagship organizations. This workshop is intended to provide attendees with practical strategies for mentoring and being mentored across differences (gender, sex) and to provide a safe forum in which to ask difficult question.

At the end of this activity, participants will be able to: 1. Point out barriers, whether subtle or blatant, to women in surgery/plastic surgery. 2. List practical mentoring tips for mentors to provide mentorship across the gender divide. 3. Identify additional resources for surgeons to employ in their practices and share with colleagues to enhance cross-gender mentoring. 4. Outline methods to create a safe, harassment-free environment which supports diversity and promotes inclusivity. 5. Describe concerns surgeons have about cross-gender mentoring and discuss solutions.

Accreditation: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: The ASPS designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.