Recruiting women surgeons: we can learn from the USA
I commend The Royal College of Surgeons' drive to train more female surgeons, as outlined in last month's Student BMJ News.1 The college has identified key stages to tackle in the progression from school leaver to qualified surgeon, in an attempt to increase recruitment and retention of women. Although I do not doubt the college's commitment, I do wonder about its members' insight into the roots of the problem as illustrated by their proposed strategies.
For a student who has entered medical school the college's suggested tactic for redressing the imbalance of the sexes is to organise social events, giving students the opportunity to talk to male and female surgeons. This is a welcome proposition, but is it really all we can look forward to? Is the college really that bereft of appropriate ideas to entice more women into the profession?
As a female medical student who intends to follow