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Invited Commentary
May 20, 2020

Gender Bias and Stereotypes in Surgical Training: Is It Really Women Residents We Need to Worry About?

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  • 1University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of Surgery
JAMA Surg. Published online May 20, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.1561

It is uncomfortable to acknowledge that our interpersonal interactions and experiences in the workplace are affected by gender. Traditional mantra tells us that gender (or skin color or religion or any other characteristic) should not influence our expectations, our assessment, or our treatment of any individual as a surgeon. This one-size-fits-all approach has existed, especially in surgical training, for a very long time. The problem with this, of course, is that the one size is not agnostic but rather reflects the traditional majority, and the rest of us have been expected to conform. To think otherwise requires an acknowledgement that interpersonal interactions and experiences vary by gender and as a result may require different approaches to training.1

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