In coaching women, there is more of a need for “ego-boosting.“ With men, it is more “ego-busting.”Anson Dorrance
In coaching women, there is more of a need for “ego-boosting.“ With men, it is more “ego-busting.”
Studies have shown gender differences in self-evaluation, confidence, and perceptions of competence.1-4 To our knowledge, how these gender disparities may affect surgical training is rarely discussed in academic surgery. On average, female surgical residents underrate themselves compared with male residents.1 Female self-underrating is also present in society—culturally and in professional domains.2 Differences in gender self-evaluation have been hypothesized to arise from differences in socialization, implicit gender bias, and even hormonal influences.2 It is important to consider how these differences are associated with surgical training, especially as recent studies have demonstrated a gender autonomy gap in residency.5,6 Furthermore, some programs are beginning to implement competency-based training in which unrecognized gender training gaps could systematically affect female trainees.
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Babchenko O, Gast K. Should We Train Female and Male Residents Slightly Differently? JAMA Surg. 2020;155(5):373–374. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.5887
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