Podcast: Memoirs of a female surgeon

Michael Joyce produces multimedia at HealthNewsReview.org and tweets as @mlmjoyce.

Only 7 percent of orthopedic surgeons in the United States are women.

Dr. Julie Switzer is one of them.

In this podcast we touch on gender, but we mostly address two other topics. First, is Switzer’s passion for caring for the elderly who sustain fractures. Second, the emerging sports focus in how orthopedics is covered by the media, and marketed to the public.

Does this sports medicine framing reflect what orthopedics is really about? Is there more to this specialty than the jock-centric image we often associate with it?

Switzer has a unique perspective on these and other important questions.

Story Resources:

The New Yorker cover which launched the #ILookLikeASurgeon selfie movement by female surgeons around the globe.

Here is Tracy Seipel’s story about the San Francisco Bay area surgeons who joined the movement. It includes a slide show of the selfies and a video featuring some of the surgeons.

A nice commentary co-written by Dr. Switzer about rethinking how hip fractures in the elderly should be addressed.

What is the latest on the pay gap that exists between female and male physicians? This STAT article from April 2017 covers it well.

Here’s a HealthNewsWatchdog podcast we produced on overdiagnosis in orthopedics.

You can find all our podcasts HERE.


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