Gender Specific Issues Special Interest Group

Gender Specific Issues Special Interest Group

Role of the Gender Specific Issues Special Interest Group:

The Gender Specific Issues Special Interest Group was founded in 2014 and provides a forum to share information on a variety of issues in regard to Gender Specific Issues and to make recommendations to IFEM.

Objectives of Group:

  • To be the global representative body of experts to advise on international issues pertaining to gender issues in emergency medicine
  • To aid networking, research and professional development amongst women in emergency medicine
  • To provide leadership and mentorship to women in emergency medicine
  • To provide advocacy and support to the development of undergraduate and postgraduate emergency medicine training programmes for women
  • To promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
  • To assist in the development of sustainable career paths for women emergency medicine physicians
  • To focus on the building of relationships with international and national organizations that support the inherent aims and objectives of the special interest group
  • In future the Group may expand to advocate for any minority group within emergency medicine, as the need arises


Dr Imron Subhan | Chair
Society for Emergency Medicine India

Dr Gayle Galletta | Vice Chair
Norwegian Society for Emergency Medicine

Dr Galletta attended medical school at Georgetown in Washington, DC and residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. Most of her two decades as an attending have been spent at the University of Massachusetts and its affiliate community hospitals where she holds the academic rank of Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine.

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From 2012-2014, Dr Galletta moved to Norway with her husband and three children. While there, she was recruited to help establish Norway’s first emergency department, and was one of the first 12 physicians to be certified by the European Board Exam in Emergency Medicine. She was instrumental in getting the specialty approved by the Minister of Health in 2017 and currently serves as the treasurer for the Norwegian Society of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Galletta is also Norway’s representative to the International Federation of Emergency Medicine, and ACEP’s international ambassador to Norway.

In her spare time, Dr Galletta competes in triathlons and is ranked All American. She has completed eleven iron distance triathlons (swim 3800 m, bike 180 km, run 42.2 km), and has twice earned a spot to compete at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI. She holds the women’s swim course record in Haugesund, Norway.

Dr Galletta has delivered her work-life balance presentation, “Physician, Parent, Ironman: How to do it all,” at the 2017 European Society of Emergency Medicine Conference in Athens, Greece and the 2018 International Conference on Emergency Medicine in Mexico City. In June, 2019, she was elected vice-chair of IFEM’s Gender Issues SIG.

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Priyadarshini Marathe (Secretary)

Melanie Stander

Valerie Krym

Lisa Moreno-Walton

Jill McEwen

Sally McCarthy

Lee Wallis

Jeannette Wolfe

Esther Choo

Ayesha Almemari

Nyakiiru Gichuki

Eno Akua A. Biney

Fasika Akilu

Heike Geduld

Mulinda Nyirenda

Cherri Hobgood

Katherine Henderson

Ffion Davies

Fiona Lecky

Prof Suzanne Mason

Dr Trisha Morshed

Barbara Hogan

Dr Roberta Petrino

Terry Mulligan

Angharad Spencer

Kim Hansen

Waseela Khan

Georgina Phillips

Liliana Caceres

Do Ngoc Son

Michelle Withers

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