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Invited Critique
Aug 2011

Self-confidence and Stereotyping: Maybe They Are WrongComment on “Our Trainees’ Confidence”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland.

Arch Surg. 2011;146(8):914-915. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2011.166

Self-confidence is essentially an attitude that allows us to have a positive and realistic perception of ourselves and our abilities. Confidence is a measure of self-assuredness in one's own abilities and judgments, and power and freedom from doubt about these abilities. The National Survey of General Surgery Residents (NEARS) by Yeo and colleagues1 identified differences in self-reported training experiences that varied by the level of training experience and by sex. Bucholz et al2 provide a further analysis of the items in the NEARS study by examining in greater detail survey items related to confidence in our trainees. After multivariate logistic regression, the authors conclude that sex, residency level, program type, and marital status are all associated with their measures of confidence. In their data, male residents at postgraduate year 5 who were married and from community training programs were more confident than female residents.

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