Differences Between Women, Men Surgeons in Perceived Career Barriers

JAMA Surgery


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Bottom Line: Faculty and resident surgeons were surveyed to examine differences between men and women in perceived career barriers. For the study, 140 faculty and resident physicians (90 men, 50 women) at the University of Washington in Seattle were surveyed. Perceived career barriers reported by women at a higher rate included lack of mentors or role models, a lack of confidence, the desire to have children, and childcare concerns. More women than men also reported experiencing sex discrimination. None of the men identified their sex as a career barrier, while 13 women did. A potential limitation of the study is that the survey was completed by members of a single department at a single university.

Authors: Nicole K. Zern, M.D., University of Washington, Seattle, and coauthors



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