Pregnancy and the Surgeon-Too Many Opinions, Too Little Evidence.

Ailín C. Rogers, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Deborah A. McNamara, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

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The number of female medical graduates is increasing, with women accounting for greater than 50% of the medicalworkforce younger than 35 years of age inmany countries, including the United States. This has translated into increasing numbers of female surgical trainees across theworld, yet thenumbersof femalestaff surgeonsare proportionately lower.Agendergapcontinues to exist inmany subspecialties of surgery, often considered a professionmoresuitable tomenbecause ofphysically demandingworking conditions and long hours not always conducivetofamily life.Manystudies cite this perceived conflict as the principal reason a career in surgery is avoidedby female graduates.At a timewhensurgery is faced with recruitment challenges globally,1 addressing factors that make surgery less appealing is critical if surgery is to continue to attract the best physicians, irrespective of sex.