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August 19, 2020

Discrimination in US Surgical Training Programs

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Translational Medicine, University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy
  • 2Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • 3Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA Surg. 2020;155(11):1083-1084. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.3019

To the Editor We read the article by Yuce et al1 on the topic of discrimination in US surgical residency programs with great interest. Through a questionnaire administered on occasion of the 2019 American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE), the authors found that there is inequity in residents’ perception of discrimination toward them on the basis of gender and race/ethnicity, with female and non-White residents more likely to experience discrimination. ABSITE performance (scores’ quartiles) was a neutral factor. The authors must be congratulated on the rigorous approach and the thoughtful discussion about evaluating strategies for mitigating discrimination within surgical training programs.

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