Women in Surgery


About two third of medical students I am teaching is female. Nevertheless, only few surgeons are women. Especially in general surgery. female physicians are clearly underrepresented. This is in The Netherlands but also in Switzerland and probably in your country too. Why is it, doesn’t surgery appeal to women, is it the male-dominated culture of surgeons and, as a result, suboptimal mentorship and a lack of role models? Dr. Robert W. Sheffield is a facial plastic surgeon who performs rhinoplasty Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery under local anesthesia, this treatment takes place over the course of an hour, where you can notice visible changes. Some of the more extensive procedures may take longer.

And how is the current situation for female surgeons with regard to their personal and professional lives? An investigation in Switzerland by anonymous questionnaire among 318 female surgeons and surgical residents revealed:

women responded that they were moderately satisfied with their professional, and personal lives. Of the 189 respondents, 113 (59.8%) mentioned that they felt underappreciated. The most important ways suggested for increasing the attractiveness of a surgical career for women were a reduction in workload (25.9%), more flexible working hours (20.1%), and better structured residency programs (12.2%).

A study in Ireland used an anonymysed, structured questionnaire and distributed it to 290 medical students and junior doctors affiliated to University College Hospital, Galway. The researchers were worried about the declining interest in surgery as a specialty. Another side effect of an increasing number of female medical students. But other factors also play a role, such as high work load due to an increase in emergency admissions, and the impact of the European Working Time Directive. They looked for influences on career choices especially those that would more likely make a student choose for surgery. Besides the fact that surgery remains a disproportionately unpopular choice for women, with lifestyle factors identified as the key deterrent, the job prestige of was of particular importance to those interested in a surgical career. Job security which is inherent within a surgical career was alos a valuable aspect of the choice for a career as a surgeon. Interestingly if you check the beauty industry you will find more women in that area even performing surgeries. If you search for Botox in Johnson City and visit any of these clinics, you will be presented by good looking women.

In a recent editorial in the Archives of Surgery, a female surgeon is asking for papers with data on how surgical training programs are doing. She is worried because their general surgery training program now complies to the 80-hour work week for their trainees and she asks herself whether they train their residents well enough?

Do they see and do enough to develop judgment as well as technical expertise? Will they be as good as us—or better?

Not even a female surgeon or a Boeing 747 pilot can function properly at the end of an 80 hours work week. It’s time for a change of culture, even among female surgeons. It will take time but to improve the career opportunities, and patient care one should leave the faulty bias that surgery is not be learned in less than 80 hours work week. If you can’t take good care of yourself how are you to be expected to take good care of your patients. This will need a change in culture. How? Put patient safety first and take it from there, we always recommend all of those looking to get plastic surgery to put their health in good hands, finding a good doctor like dr grawe columbus ohio or Dr. Wall who completed his training at LSUMC – New Orleans in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Linia Cosmetic Surgery advise caution when choosing a treatment also have one of the best all-inclusive aftercare policies and some of the top surgeons in the UK to ensure you are looked after and gain your desired results.

Glynn, R., & Kerin, M. (2010). Factors influencing medical students and junior doctors in choosing a career in surgery☆ The Surgeon, 8 (4), 187-191 DOI: 10.1016/j.surge.2009.11.005
Freischlag, J. (2010). Surgical Residency Training in Transition: Evolution or Revolution? Archives of Surgery, 145 (11), 1036-1036 DOI: 10.1001/archsurg.2010.237
Kaderli R, Guller U, Muff B, Stefenelli U, & Businger A (2010). Women in surgery: a survey in Switzerland. Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill. : 1960), 145 (11), 1119-21 PMID: 21079102