Addressing the Surgical Workplace: An Opportunity to Create a Culture of Belonging

Carla M. Pugh, Orlando C. Kirton, J. E. Tuttle, Ronald V. Maier, Yue Yung Hu, John H. Stewart, Julie Ann Freischlag, Julie Ann Sosa, Selwyn M. Vickers, Mary T. Hawn, Timothy J. Eberlein, Diana L. Farmer, Robert S. Higgins, Carlos A. Pellegrini, Sanziana A. Roman, Marie L. Crandall, Christian M. De Virgilio, Allan Tsung, L. D. Britt

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We have learned today that microaggressions and microexclusions negatively affect the surgical workplace and erode and prevent a culture of belonging. To support equity and inclusion, there is a critical need for policies and metrics that can help to guide and track success as well as measure and define areas for improvement. The identity-based surgical societies exist to provide support and mentorship to those who are underrepresented in medicine and medical leadership. These organizations are critical partners necessary in forging a path forward however, diversity and inclusion are not the work of these societies alone. Our profession will only make progress if we all work together. Providing a safety net relating to microaggressions and microexclusions in the workplace represents the first step.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-556
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2023


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