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Letters Challenge of being a surgeon and a parent

Does a negative workplace culture make surgical careers difficult for parents?

BMJ 2023; 380 doi: (Published 29 March 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;380:p690
  1. Mark Prince, consultant anaesthetist
  1. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield, UK
  1. mark.prince2{at}

In Dean’s article, current trainees and the vice president of the Royal College of Surgeons describe shift work, busy posts, early starts, and frequent rotations as factors that disadvantage surgeons who are parents.1 But these factors are common to all acute specialties, many of which …

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