Jezebel has an insightful article about the difficulties women face if they want to start families and pursue a residency in a high-paying field such as surgery that is even more time intensive than other many other specializations. The article cites a survey that 41% of surgeons strongly considered leaving surgery residency after returning from childbirth and 32% stated they would counsel a female medical school student against a career in surgery.
We don’t see any easy solutions to the issues raised in the article linked above and we sadly believe they will continue to persist for women for the foreseeable future. While sharing our empathy certainly won’t accomplish much, we do hope that this thread will (a) allow women to make more informed decisions about their medical careers and (b) possibly serve as a forum to encourage dialogue that can hopefully address these issues at some future point.
Best of luck with your applications!
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