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Comment & Response
July 29, 2020

Training of Male and Female Surgical Residents

Author Affiliations
  • 1Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
JAMA Surg. 2020;155(10):999-1000. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.2439

To the Editor I read with much interest the paper “Should We Train Female and Male Residents Slightly Differently?” by Babchenko and Gast.1 The authors seem to follow a new pedagogical attitude that hypothesizes a gender difference capability in surgical training deriving from socialization, implicit gender bias, and even hormonal influences. They conclude that it is important to consider how these differences are associated with surgical training, especially because studies have demonstrated a gender autonomy gap in residency. In my academic career, I have seen excellent capabilities in female surgical trainees, such as attention to details, punctuality, reliability, and kindness with patients.

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