Creating a Welcoming Surgery Residency Training Program for LGBTQ Trainees

Am Surg. 2022 Dec;88(12):2796-2801. doi: 10.1177/00031348221101582. Epub 2022 May 10.


General Surgery residencies have been perceived as unwelcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) applicants. Historically, applicants have been reluctant to reveal their LGBTQ status when interviewing for residency positions and LGBTQ surgery residents are more likely to consider leaving their residency. Despite the increased acceptance in society and calls for diversity by governing bodies, there is a perception that the field of surgery is lagging behind. In this article, we summarize the recent literature concerning LGBTQ status in surgery residencies and the impact it has on students and trainees. We then review the recent calls to action to remedy the identified shortcomings. We then share what has been done by our surgery residency, which has been successful in recruiting LGBTQ-identifying residents and summarize recommendation for moving forward.

Keywords: resident education; surgical education.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Sexual and Gender Minorities*