Women across four local hospitals are working to debunk the myth that bone medicine is for boys only.
Although about half of medical students nationwide are women, only 6 percent go into orthopedic surgery.
“The perception has always been that it’s a forceful type of profession, so you need a lot of brawn, but using your brain and finesse is how we do things,” said Dr. Brandon Earp, chief of orthopedics at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and among the small group of women in the department. “I think the perception still lingers that maybe it’s not a field that’s welcoming to women.”
The Harvard Combined Orthopedic Program will host the BONES Initiative this Saturday — a free training event where female med students in New England can learn to suture, splint and fix fractures.
Source: Boston Herald