"This study breaks the silence surrounding sexual misconduct in plastic surgery training. It is time to identify sexual misconduct, intervene, and change the current permissive culture".
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✍️ A Note from P'Fella
An Important Read
This really important article was published in PRS's June Edition. It's a pity it's behind a pay-wall/institutional subscription. For those who don't have access to it, here are some 5 key take-away points:
- This was a national survery of 236 plastic surgery trainees (115 female)
- The feeling of hindrance to career advancement was greater for women, by 10-fold (p < 0.001), and increased with age (p = 0.046)
- Women were more likely to experience sexual harassment, in the form of jokes (p = 0.003) and comments about their body or sexuality (p = 0.014).
- Respondents reported the majority of perpetrators of harassment to be attending physicians (30 percent) and other trainees (37 percent).
- Trainees perceive a culture nonconducive to reporting.
Here is an interesting table that breaks down the type of negative interactions trainees.
The authors have quite an impactful conclusion, which is well worth the read:
"This study breaks the silence surrounding sexual misconduct in plastic surgery training. It is time to identify sexual misconduct, intervene, and change the current permissive culture... As individuals, we ought to take greater personal responsibility in elevating our social relationships to reflect high standards of professionalism and collegiality"
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