Viola and colleagues have queried recent categorical general surgery residents to determine how gender, marriage, and family influence their decision to pursue specialty fellowship training. The authors found that 28.7% of residents believed general surgery is becoming obsolete and 55.1% believed specialty training is necessary to be successful. Single residents, men more than women, and married residents without children were more likely to have these opinions. Furthermore, female residents who were single or married without children tended to believe that fellowship training allows for more favorable lifestyles.
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