Women in surgery, 1 in 3 have to leave the operating room – The Medicine

(ANSA) – ROME – Surgeons on paper, but often taken to outpatient clinics or ward activities. When they finally do the tasks of the operating room, they rarely do it as the first surgeon and most often not only in the simplest cases. This is the professional status of Italian surgeons according to a study promoted by Women in Surgery Italia and published in Updates in Surgery.

The research included more than 1,800 surgeons working in Italian hospitals, a rather diverse sample that included from postgraduates to professionals with many years of experience, training abroad and additional qualifications after specialization.

According to the survey, 35% of the interviewed people had to give up surgery to some extent in favor of outpatient services. In general, the phenomenon of underutilization in the operating room is broader: more than half of the surgeons participating in the survey reported that they devote at least 50% of their time to non-surgical activities (outpatient services, ward, etc.), even if you want to spend Less time in such activities.

Jaya Spolferrato, an oncologist at the University of Padua Hospital and one of the study’s authors, says. “A lot of us hold the title, but we’re in clinical practice and not in the operating room,” he adds.

The complaining surgeons also discriminated against: 61% of the interviewed stated that they were treated “differently” in the professional field because of their gender; Specifically, 50% believe they have “lower public consideration” than their peers, 47% have a “less chance of promotion” and 44% have “less tutoring/teaching”.

The simple consideration is reflected in the activity performed in the operating room: surgeons intervene as the first operator in 8.4% of highly complex cases but 17% of low complex cases. (Dealing).

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