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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Amabile A, Vardas PN, Rosati CM. Discrimination in US Surgical Training Programs. JAMA Surg. 2020;155(11):1083–1084. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.3019
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