Women in Academic Surgery: A Double-Edged Scalpel.


Journal Article

Women continue to be underrepresented in academic surgery, especially at the leadership level. Surgical culture has been historically male dominated and recently received negative attention for higher rates of mistreatment, sexual harassment, and attrition of women compared with other medical specialties. The authors examine factors that contribute to challenges in academic surgery, making it a potentially difficult environment for women and underrepresented minorities; these include surgical culture, work-life balance, and historic promotion timelines. Efforts to change social norms and structural biases are critical to improving gender parity in academic surgery.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Greenup, RA; Pitt, SC

Published Date

  • October 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 95 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1483 - 1484

PubMed ID

  • 32675794

Pubmed Central ID

  • 32675794

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-808X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003592


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States