Surgeons Raise Awareness of Gender Bias in New Video

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The field of joint replacement surgery has one of the lowest percentages of women in any medical specialty. This video, created by women surgeon members of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, will bring awareness to inherent biases in the orthopaedic workplace.

“Do you do surgery in those heels? I’d love to see that.” This is one of several actual comments said to female orthopaedic surgeons brought to light in a new video from the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS). The video features male surgeons reading derogatory comments out loud in front of the camera. The surgeons were not shown the comments prior to the camera rolling, so their reactions of surprise and disbelief are unscripted.

The project, started by members of the AAHKS Women in Arthroplasty Committee (WIA), involved collecting actual comments from their peers that they had heard from their employers, colleagues and patients. They recruited a group of male advocates participate.

The field of joint replacement surgery has one of the lowest percentages of women in any medical specialty.

“Our hope is that the video will bring awareness in the orthopaedic workplace so that everyone is more aware of their inherent biases, eliminates them and ultimately encourages more women to be successful in this field,” said Audrey K. Tsao, MD, WIA Chair.

The video, “We Can Do Better. We Can Be Better: Inclusion and Mutual Respect of Women in the Orthopaedic Workplace,” will premiere on the AAHKS YouTube channel on International Women’s Day, Sunday, March 8, 2020 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_Q6GA2pvc

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