Women trainee surgeons less likely to win awards

Findings reflect 'unconscious bias' against female surgeons that requires action, author says

Female surgical trainees seem to receive fewer awards than men in the US, despite the increasing numbers of women in these programs, according to research by a group of surgery professors.

The degree of disparity differs by the type of award and the evaluation process, which could open up several areas for improvement, the authors write in JAMA Surgery.

"I believe our findings reflect unconscious bias against female surgeons that requires deliberate conversation, awareness and action," said senior author Dr