January 30th, 2020

Podcast 250: #MeToo in the OR

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It turns out that the disrespect starts even earlier — when women are questioned about their choice of a surgical specialty. Nor is the bad behavior the exclusive province of the “old guard.”

We talk with Dr. Pringl Miller, a Chicago surgeon who’s compiled a collection of instructive stories from women surgeons who’ve had to dodge demeaning questions (and sometimes, flying chairs in the OR). The stories appear in the latest issue of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics.

“#MeToo in Surgery: Narratives by Women Surgeons” article in Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics

Recent NEJM article on harassment in surgical residency training

Time’s Up Healthcare website

Patricia Dawson’s book: “Forged by the Knife: The experience of surgical residency from the perspective of a woman of color”

Preeti John’s book: “Being a Woman Surgeon: Sixty women share their stories”

Joan Cassell’s book: “The Woman in the Surgeon’s Body”

Running time: 18 minutes

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