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Support of pregnancy and parental leave for trainees and practicing surgeons

      The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) strongly supports individual family planning decisions through pregnancy, surrogacy, fostering, or adoption. Choosing to have a family does not reflect on one's professional commitment or ability as either a trainee or a practicing surgeon. In fact, having a family may further contribute to physician well-being, feelings of fulfillment, and faculty retention.
      • Rangel E.L.
      • et al.
      Pregnancy and motherhood during surgical training.
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