American College of Surgeons
Gender bias in evaluating surgical residency faculty members may be decreasing
In the male-dominated field of surgery, female faculty of training programs tend to receive lower scores than male faculty on their teaching evaluations, which are important for career advancement, past research has found. Now a new study suggests progress in this apparent gender bias: Among 21 U.S. general surgery residency programs, female faculty scored slightly better overall than male faculty did on teaching evaluations performed by surgeons-in-training, even in programs with the fewest women, the authors report. The study is published as an “article in press” on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of print.
Bias affects not only scientists and doctors but those tasked with teaching them. Here is a write up of research that suggests the bias against women instructors is falling.