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Comment & Response
July 29, 2020

Training of Male and Female Surgical Residents

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  • 1Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
JAMA Surg. Published online July 29, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.2436

To the Editor We read with great interest the article by Babchenko and Gast.1 Speaking from the collective perspectives of both a female surgical resident and female cardiothoracic surgeon, we applaud the authors on their work delving into the potential effect of resident and faculty gender disparities on surgical training. We firmly agree that it is important to be aware of one’s own implicit and explicit biases and to not allow such beliefs to cloud one’s judgement of a trainee’s operative readiness nor his/her performance; however, we offer nuances to the authors’ suggestion of training female and male surgical residents differently.

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