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Invited Commentary
September 2, 2020

Female Surgical Trainees and Departmental Awards: Narrowing the Gap

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  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • 2Department of Surgery, University Hospitals/Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio
JAMA Surg. Published online September 2, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.3532

For surgical trainees, the content of a curriculum vitae may enable or prevent them from pursuing their ultimate goals. The provision of awards within an individual department is not a private matter and is deserving of scrutiny. In this issue of JAMA Surgery, Kuo and colleagues1 highlight that although the gap between male and female awardees appears to be decreasing over time, factors such as implicit bias and culturally ingrained ideas about gender groups may prevent female trainees from achieving parity in award receipt.

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