The hidden curriculum in surgery says it's not for women

Despite more than 15 years of gender parity in Australian medical education, women remain underrepresented in surgery. The proportion of female surgical trainees is rising, but more slowly than in other specialties. Of just over 1,000 surgical…
toxic culture

Surgeons take a scalpel to their own toxic culture

An independent report commissioned by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) released yesterday has found bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination are commonplace in the culture of surgeons. Apologising and committing to genuine…
Bullying & Harassment

RACS Releases Draft Report On Bullying & Harassment

When I was responsible for a JMO Management Unit in a public hospital, I often saw the devastating effects of bullying and harassment in the medical profession, particularly in surgery. The case that stays in my memory is that of a poorly performing…
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Book Excerpt: Burning the Short White Coat: A Story of Becoming a Woman Doctor

In “Burning the Short White Coat: A Story of Becoming a Woman Doctor,” author Dr. Eve Shvidler narrates the humor and heartbreak in love and medicine through young medical student Elle Gallagher. A medical chick-lit novel, “Burning the…