Women in Surgery

Women now comprise more than half of medical school enrollees, yet they are scarce in the surgical fields and even more so in academia. Here at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, we pride ourselves in being inclusive of all ethnicities, cultures and genders. Women make up over half of our current (2020-2021 academic year) surgical trainees and several of the female surgical faculty members are in leadership positions within the residency, surgical education and hospital administration. To help promote and support our female residents navigate what has historically been a male-dominated field, we have developed a Women in Surgery Program. Led by the female surgical faculty, we are dedicated to providing mentorship, equity, and support for our trainees to help promote their education and professional careers in surgery. The group meets throughout the year to address issues affecting female surgeons within the department as well as on a national level. Through these events, we promote improvements in the workforce conditions, foster mentorship and professional development, and build a life-long network to enhance women’s surgical career satisfaction.