A study published as a Guest Editorial in Healio’s Orthopedics, “Barriers to Women Entering Field of Orthopedic Surgery” by Emily K. Miller, BA and Dawn M. LaPorte, MD examined data from a survey of 777 members of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society and oral history interviews. The authors concluded that “women are more underrepresented in orthopedics than in any other specialty. Athletics is the most common way in which young women are initially exposed to the field, and the majority of female orthopedic surgeons (84%) reported having played competitive sports. Survey respondents reported less exposure to orthopedics in medical school than to other specialties, which may be an important barrier to the recruitment of women. Lack of sufficient female role models in the field also impairs recruitment.” Full study.

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