Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Why are there too few women consultants in surgery?

Date:
January 10, 2014
Source:
British Psychological Society (BPS)
Summary:
Male dominated workplaces can undermine women’s identification with their occupations and their sense that they are progressing in their careers.

Male dominated workplaces can undermine women's identification with their occupations and their sense that they are progressing in their careers.

Related Articles


That is the conclusion of research being presented to the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society's Division of Occupational Psychology in Brighton.

Kim Peters from the University of Queensland and her fellow researchers investigated the surgical speciality in medicine. Here women made up 14.8 per cent of trainees in 1998 but only 7.7 per cent of consultants a decade later.

To investigate why this might be the case, the researchers surveyed trainee surgeons based in the UK -- 1149 of them completed an online questionnaire that assessed their view of the profession and their place in it.

The analysis showed that male trainees and older trainees were more likely to think of themselves as fitting the prototype of a surgeon. They were, for instance, more likely to agree with the statements "I see a place for myself among surgical consultants" and "Generally, I feel good when I think about myself as a surgeon."

The researchers' analysis also showed that male trainees and older trainees tended to identify more strongly with their identity as surgeons. Men saw themselves as performing better than their peers, and this effect became stronger over time.

Kim Peters says: "The broken 'surgical pipeline' of women is a serious problem. Women are increasingly well represented in most other areas of medicine, but in surgery there are few women trainees and not enough of them progress to become consultants.

"Our research found there were gender differences in trainees' perceptions of prototype fit, surgical identification and perceptions, with men generally reporting higher levels of these variables.

"Importantly, this gender difference became stronger over time, which suggests that it is immersion in a male-dominated environment that undermines female surgeons and trainees.

"If we want to seal this leaky pipeline, we need to pay attention to the subtle dynamics that lead underrepresented groups to see a lack of fit with occupational prototypes, which can increase the tendency for them to identify less strongly with their career or even opt out of it altogether."


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by British Psychological Society (BPS). Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

British Psychological Society (BPS). "Why are there too few women consultants in surgery?." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 10 January 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140110103243.htm>.
British Psychological Society (BPS). (2014, January 10). Why are there too few women consultants in surgery?. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 30, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140110103243.htm
British Psychological Society (BPS). "Why are there too few women consultants in surgery?." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140110103243.htm (accessed January 30, 2015).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Mind & Brain News

Friday, January 30, 2015

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Binge-Watching TV Linked To Loneliness

Binge-Watching TV Linked To Loneliness

Newsy (Jan. 29, 2015) Researchers at University of Texas at Austin found a link between binge-watching TV shows and feelings of loneliness and depression. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Signs You Might Be The Passive Aggressive Friend

Signs You Might Be The Passive Aggressive Friend

BuzzFeed (Jan. 28, 2015) "No, I&apos;m not mad. Why, are you mad?" Video provided by BuzzFeed
Powered by NewsLook.com
City Divided: A Look at Model Schools in the TDSB

City Divided: A Look at Model Schools in the TDSB

The Toronto Star (Jan. 27, 2015) Model schools are rethinking how they engage with the community to help enhance the lives of the students and their parents. Video provided by The Toronto Star
Powered by NewsLook.com
Man Saves Pennies For 65 Years

Man Saves Pennies For 65 Years

Rooftop Comedy (Jan. 26, 2015) A man in Texas saved every penny he found for 65 years, and this week he finally cashed them in. Bank tellers at Prosperity Bank in Slaton, Texas were shocked when Ira Keys arrived at their bank with over 500 pounds of loose pennies stored in coffee cans. After more than an hour of sorting and counting, it turned out the 81 year-old was in possession of 81,600 pennies, or $816. And he&apos;s got more at home! Video provided by Rooftop Comedy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins