Certain specialties, particularly the more technical ones, are known to be boys' clubs. The most conspicuous are surgery (and surgical subspecialties), emergency medicine, radiology, and ophthalmology. Keep in mind that high levels of testosterone in the workplace can often lead to inappropriate comments, gender bias, and even sexual harassment. In the operating room, for instance, the perpetual locker room mentality often means that female surgeons tend to feel pressure to behave as one of the boys to fit in well with their male colleagues. Are you prepared for this type of working environment? No matter the specialty, it is essential to feel comfortable around the physicians with whom you will be working. Without a supportive atmosphere at work, patient care may suffer.
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