In recent years, data show that half of all medical students are female, yet in 2007, women accounted for only 12 percent of those enrolled in vascular surgery training programs.
To increase female representation, over the past few years, SVS and several regional vascular societies made a concerted effort (sponsoring networking events, providing mentorship, offering leader- ship opportunities and scholarships) to attract more women to the field of vascular surgery.
The introduction of the vascular surgeryintegrated (0+5) training paradigm in 2007 tremendously helped these efforts by proving to be an attractive pathway for female medical students.
From the onset, 0+5 programs have averaged 23 percent female residents, with the highest number of female residents reaching 40 percent in the 2011-2012 academic year.
In addition to the continued success of the 0+5 training paradigm, recent data from the 2012-2013 ACGME Data Resource Book further highlights major accomplishments from these recruitment efforts.
Between 2007-2013, 395 female trainees chose vascular surgery training programs.
For the 2012-2013 academic year, vascular surgery integrated programs had the 14th largest percentage of female residents.
See data on other specialties in the graphic below.