I have noticed several posts / articles on women (or the lack) in surgery.
Women in Surgery; The Differential: Medscape Med Students; Lucia Li; August 1, 2008
In one of my regional placements, I met a surgeon who said that “women are killing surgery”; what he meant was that as the majority of medical graduates are now women, most of them will shun surgery for its stereotypes. This will reduce the number of good candidates going into surgery, lowering its standards. Surgery needs to attract women for continued excellence in practice. I am uncertain about the benefits, or even the need, for positive discrimination, but educational initiatives which promote surgery as a realistic career option for women are vital.
WSJ article: For Female Surgeons, Barriers Persist; Jacob Goldstein; August 16, 2008
Mothers Don't Let Your Daughters Grow Up to be Doctors; posted by Fizzy, Mothers in Medicine Blog; August 18, 2008 [not just don't let them be surgeons, but don't let them be doctors]
I went looking for more information:
Women in Neurosurgery, WINS
Association of Women Surgeons
Women in surgery: do we really understand the deterrents?; Arch Surg. 2006 Apr;141(4):405-7; Gargiulo DA, Hyman NH, Hebert JC
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Potential deterrents to a surgical career.Women in General/ Trauma Surgery; The Student Doctor Network Forum; thread began in 2007 and continues
RESULTS: Men and women had a similar interest in a surgical career before their surgical rotation (64% vs 53%, P = .68). A similar percentage developed a mentor (40.0% vs 45.9%, P = .40). Women were far more likely to perceive sex discrimination (46.7% vs 20.4%, P = .002), most often from male attending physicians (33.3%) or residents (31.1%). Women were less likely to be deterred by diminishing rewards (4.4% vs 21.6%, P = .003) or workload considerations (28.9% vs 49.0%, P = .02). They were also less likely to cite family concerns as a deterrent (47.8% vs 66.7%, P = .02) and equally likely to be deterred by lifestyle during residency (83.3% vs 76.5%, P = .22). However, women were more likely to be deterred by perceptions of the "surgical personality" (40.0% vs 21.6%, P = .03) and the perception of surgery as an "old boys' club" (22.2% vs 3.9%, P = .002).
Women in Surgery--Past, Present and Future; Dixie Mills MD; Department of Surgery, Maine Medical Ctr; Sept 2003 (PDF)
Website of the week--Women in surgery; BMJ. 1999 September 25; 319(7213): 860; Douglas Carnall
Women in Non-Traditional Residencies; P&S Journal: Spring 1995, Vol.15, No.2; By Kristen Watson
The daughter of a neurosurgeon, Dr. Epstein claims that following in her father's footsteps was a "congenital defect." Aspiring to be a surgeon since age 4, ..........Dr. Epstein says most women in medicine do not pursue academic posts because they are actively discriminated against in the university setting. She also claims that female neurosurgical attendings in university positions are assigned less interesting cases and are given less operating time. "You have to have tremendous determination and work twice as hard for the recognition," Dr. Epstein says. And she does work hard, with more than 80 published works to her credit, some in collaboration with her father."We need more women to go into surgery and stay in it," Dr. Epstein says, "women who don't choose the 'mommy track'-working 9 to 5 just three days a week. We need more women in surgery full time." Dr. Epstein says it is not impossible for female doctors to manage both a full-time career and a family, but, like most of her peers, she has no children.
- V. Suzanne Klimberg, M.D. (Surgical Oncology--Breast)
- Anne Mancino, M.D. (Surgical Oncology -- Breast)
- Diane H Rhoden, M.D. (General/Endoscopic Surgery)
- Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D. (Surgical Oncology -- Breast)
- Lisa Buckmiller, M.D.
- Laurie Gray Barber, M.D.
- Romona L. Davis, M.D.
- Inci I. Dersu, M.D.
- Bhairavi V. Kharod, M.D.
- Nicola M. Kim, M.D.
- Ruth L. Thomas, M.D.
Plastic Surgery (there wasn't a plastic surgery dept when I was a student and still no residency program)--None
Neurosurgery -- none