Our physician training system currently increases suffering for patients like me and the millions of community caregivers who help us. It raises healthcare costs and adds significantly to physician burn-out because we neither select for empathy nor prepare future doctors to understand how patients work, live, and die.
What many may not realize is that #ILookLikeASurgeon goes well beyond gender stereotypes. It is not just about women. It is about challenging the stereotype of what a surgeon should look like. Historically white men dominated medicine, especially surgery, and this is what many visualize when they hear the word "surgeon."