Female surgeons highlight motivations for a career in plastic surgery

23 Sep 2019

Almost 50% of female members of the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) agree that role models working within plastic surgery had motivated them to build a career in the specialty, according to a recent survey.

The survey analysed 132 members (95 male and 35 female) on why they chose a career in plastic surgery, as well what they like and dislike about working in the specialty. It also found that female members made the decision to go into plastic surgery earlier than their male counterparts – with 62% of women saying they had chosen their specialism before they left medical school, compared to 38% of men.

More than a quarter (27%) of female members noted that plastic surgery offers a more supportive working environment than other specialties, however only 15% said the specialty allows the flexibility to balance work and personal life successfully.

According to BAPRAS, male members are more motivated by the opportunity to develop innovative techniques (53% vs. 38%) and the level of pay (15% vs. 0%), whereas female members cited the chance to work with different specialisms (62%) and the opportunity to improve lives (76%) as their main motivations. 

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