Through CLIMB Clinical, Women as One aims to train a cadre of women physicians to perform complex procedures in 4 distinct areas where women have historically been underrepresented:
1) Advanced coronary interventions
2) Cardiac electrophysiology
3) Peripheral vascular disease
4) Pulmonary embolism
Entering its third program year, the goal of the CLIMB Clinical program is to increase the opportunities for women to not only participate in performing procedures in these areas within their own institutions, but to serve as experts in regional and national forums where women are often absent.
In order to facilitate this vision, Women as One will put a call out world-wide for women to engage in a multi-modality 6-month training program. The objectives are to improve their skills, encourage exposure to opportunities in their home institutions, and connect them with leading experts in the field.
Unique to this program will be monthly series of didactic webinars and case reviews led by both male and female subject matter experts, and a direct connection with related training opportunities from our sponsor organizations. These program elements in combination constitute direct access to continued support and coaching from both the program directors and faculty, and sponsor organizations.
New to the 2022 program will be a number of in-person learning and networking opportunities, to be provided in conjunction with annual meetings of professional organizations as appropriate to the topic area. We also hope to facilitate hands-on learning via sponsor organizations so that participants have access to ongoing proctored learning experiences.
It is our hope that by developing such a focused program, we will successfully elevate both the perception and reality of women as highly skilled proceduralists, positioning them and the profession for future success.
The multi-format Women as One CLIMB Clinical program aims to meet the following objectives:
1. Increase the technical skills and visibility of women performing complex procedures;
2. Promote more collaborative workplace environments, conducive to diversity and inclusion; and
3. Increase opportunities for women to develop the skills needed to become key opinion leaders.