Irish Medical Organisation

IMO Invites Doctors to Complete New Survey on Gender Issues

The IMO invites doctors to complete a new survey that the organisation has opened on Gender Issues in Irish Medicine. The survey has enjoyed a strong response rate thus far, and sincere thanks are extended to all of those who have already taken the time to complete it.

This survey forms part of an initiative, spearheaded by IMO President, Dr. John Duddy, to examine gender issues that pertain to the lives of doctors in Ireland. In his inaugural speech as IMO President at this year’s annual general meeting, Dr. Duddy highlighted that “from a gender perspective, there has been enormous change in the health services over the past 50 years”. Such a change requires a fresh appraisal of working conditions within the Irish health services to ensure that sufficient flexibility, opportunities, and safeguards are afforded to all doctors

This survey seeks to improve our understanding of the role that gender plays in the medical profession in this country, particularly regarding: specialty choices; experiences of bullying, discrimination, or harassment; balancing family commitments and planning with medical practice; career opportunities; and other areas. The answers that you provide will inform the IMO’s advocacy on gender-related issues in Irish medicine, and will be the basis for a conference on this topic that the IMO plans to hold in early 2017.

All doctors are encouraged, regardless of gender, to fully answer the sections of the survey which are applicable to them, and to remind and urge their medical colleagues to do the same. Please bear in mind that not all sections of the survey will be directly relevant to all doctors.

Doctors who have not received an email about the survey should contact the IMO’s Policy and International Affairs Officer, Cian O’Dowd, at to gain access. The survey will remain open until 5.00pm on Friday, 25 November.

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