What stereotype? Female surgeons 'tender'

Stereotypes of aspiring surgeons as hard-nosed and unfriendly don’t hold true for women, who are more modest and “tender-minded” than their male counterparts, Australian research suggests.

Analysing the personality styles of 580 second-year undergraduate medical students, Sydney researchers found would-be surgeons placed greater emphasis on prestige and financial reward, and less on lifestyle, than those intending to become GPs, obstetricians or psychiatrists.

Aspiring surgeons also had lower ‘agreeableness’ scores