The study found that the number of orthopedic residents who are women has increased slightly over the past few years, although a survey in 2009 showed that all other surgical specialties — except cardiothoracic surgery — have a higher percentage of women than orthopedics.
While lifestyle issues is a commonly cited reason for the lack of female orthopedic surgeons, the study found that lifestyle issues are an equal deterrent among male and female medical students when deciding whether to specialize in orthopedics. Additional studies conclude that male and female surgical residents, fellows and surgeons indicated the same needs and priorities.
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Women Still Lacking in Orthopedics, But Lifestyle Issues No Longer the Biggest ReasonWritten by Laura Miller | March 08, 2012
While women now make up 49 percent of medical school students, only 4 percent of current orthopedic surgeons are women, according to an article published in the Journal for Bone & Joint Surgery.
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