J Surg Educ 2020 Dec 5. Epub 2020 Dec 5.
Department of Surgery, Eric C. Poulin Office of Surgical Education at University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, The Ottawa Hospital - General Campus, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Objective: Female representation in surgery is increasing; however, many surgical specialties continue to observe disproportionately fewer females entering their residencies. This study assesses how medical students' gender-based perceptions of surgical careers are impacted by attending the Surgical Exploration and Discovery (SEAD) program, a 2-week, immersive procedural program that offers observerships, mentorship, and workshops across 8 surgical specialties.
Design: In this mixed-method prospective cohort study, medical students' awareness, beliefs, and experiences of gender bias in surgery were assessed using a 10-item Gender Bias in Medical Students Assessment-Surgery (GBMSA-S) psychometric survey instrument inspired by the validated Gender Bias in Medical Education Scale (Parker et al. Read More