To the Editor We write to express grave concerns regarding the article, “Should We Train Female and Male Surgeons Slightly Differently?”1 We strongly disagree that female residents should be trained differently than their male counterparts. Since women in the United States gained the right to vote in 1919, the goal of gender rights advocacy has been equality: obtain equal pay for equal work, eliminate harassment, and eradicate stereotypes. We therefore believe it is not only hypocritical but also counterproductive to the fundamental pursuit of gender equality to suggest that female residents ought to be treated differently during surgical training. We simply cannot advocate for equal treatment regardless of gender with one breath and then request exceptions based on stereotypes in another.
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Braun HJ, Ascher NL. Training of Male and Female Surgical Residents. JAMA Surg. Published online July 29, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.2442
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