Career Focus

Briefing

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7153.3 (Published 25 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:S3-7153

A staff grade doctor who graduated in 1985 reflects on the experience of her contemporaries (Hospital Doctor 1998;Jul 9:12) and argues that the glass ceiling for women in medicine has been largely broken. The flaw, as the author acknowledges, is in surgery, where gross disparities in achievement between the sexes persist, despite almost two decades of equal medical school intake. One of the hypotheses advanced to explain this is original - that because female trainees use a different changing room from their male boss they miss out on informal career advice and encouragement - but if it were true there would surely be many fewer female anaesthetists.

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