Assessing the motivation for the choice of surgery as a career is essential to sustaining the surgical workforce. Assumptions commonly differ from evidence. Sanfey and colleagues address factors that influence student choice.
Although this study reaffirms previous data documenting a sex difference in the selection of surgery as a career, it clearly shows that both men and women can be influenced by their experiences in medical school. Medical schools need reminding that exposure to the discipline early is important.
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