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  • Peter Abraham
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    Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
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  • Britney Corey
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    Corresponding author. Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1808 7th Ave S, Boshell Diabetes Building 202, Birmingham, AL, 35233
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    Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    Department of Surgery, Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Birmingham, AL, USA
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Published:October 07, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2022.09.046
      In their study, “A Descriptive Analysis of General Surgery Residency Program Directors in the United States”, Hughes et al. use website-based data to demonstrate some key differences between male and female general surgery program directors.
      • Hughes A.
      • Im K.
      • Zhu J.
      • Saunders B.
      A descriptive analysis of general surgery residency program directors in the United States.
      Most notably, they report that female general surgery (GS) program directors (PDs) were younger when entering their role, and nearly two-thirds of the current female GS PDs were appointed within the last 5 years. Despite the younger average age, the authors found that the male and female PDs had similar academic qualifications, suggesting no difference in the academic standard for PD selection. This trend towards female PDs is not surprising as the field of general surgery, especially academic surgery, has seen increasing numbers of females in recent years, from trainees to attendings to departmental leadership.
      • Oseni T.O.
      • Kelly B.N.
      • Pei K.
      • et al.
      Diversity efforts in surgery: are we there yet?.
      • Carpenter A.M.
      • Tan S.A.
      • Costopoulos K.
      • Cooper L.A.
      • Sarosi G.A.
      • Shaw C.M.
      Gender diversity in general surgery residency leadership.
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