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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 6-12

Progress of women in neurosurgery


Division of Neurological Surgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, and Department of Surgery, Section of Neurosurgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Correspondence Address:
Robert F Spetzler
c/o Neuroscience Publications; Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, 350 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85013
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1793-5482.85627

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Despite advances in issues related to gender equity, barriers to recruiting and retaining women in neurosurgery continue to exist. At the same time, the overall projected shortage of neurosurgeons suggests that women will be vital to the long-term success of the field. Attracting women to neurosurgery can capitalize on strategies, such as mentoring, teaching leadership and negotiating skills, and job sharing or dual training tracks to name a few, that would benefit both men and women passionate about pursuing neurosurgery. Ultimately, personal and institutional accountability must be evaluated to ensure that the best and brightest candidates, regardless of gender, are recruited to neurosurgical programs to promote the health of our challenging but most satisfying profession.


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