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Research Letter
Pacific Coast Surgical Association
July 15, 2020

Trends in Participation and Authorship of Women at the Pacific Coast Surgical Association Meeting, 2008-2018

Author Affiliations
  • 1Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Loma Linda, California
  • 2Department of Surgery, UCR School of Medicine, University of California, Riverside,
JAMA Surg. Published online July 15, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.2182

In 2017, women comprised 20.6% of active general surgeons and 40.1% of general surgery residents.1 The percentage of women in leadership and research remains disproportionately low: full surgical professorships are still mostly held by men,2 and only 7.3% of academic surgery department chairs in the United States are women.3 This study reports temporal trends in participation and authorship of women in the Pacific Coast Surgical Association (PCSA), which comprises qualified academic and community surgeons in the Pacific Coast region.

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