October 21 AO CMF online event tackles leaky pipeline in surgery

06 October 2021

Global Opportunity Webinar

With global surgeons shortage limits access to safe surgical care for billions of people and statistics indicating burnout, bias, and discrimination may prompt a significant number of surgeons to exit the profession early, AO CMF tackles these topics in the upcoming AO CMF Online Panel Discussion—Global Equal Opportunity: The Leaky Pipeline in Surgery. The event is free of charge and open to all surgeons and healthcare professionals, regardless of their specialty or level of experience. 


AO CMF Online Panel Discussion—Global Equal Opportunity: The Leaky Pipeline in Surgery

Thursday, October 21 at 17:00 CEST (UTC+2)

This 90-minute, online professional development event—scheduled for 17:00–18:30 Central European Summer Time (CEST), on Thursday, October 21, 2021—is aligned with AO Access goals of establishing the diversity, inclusion, and mentorship initiative firmly within the AO and demonstrates the AO’s commitment to addressing existing inequalities to entry and advancement, and to identifying and overcoming barriers. 

Today, 40 percent of surgeons show signs of burnout and have plans to leave their profession early. Even the United States predicts a lack of as many as 23,000 surgeons by 2030. At the same time, up to 50 percent of medical school graduates are women, but only a fraction enters surgical training, and many leave their dream profession citing bias and discrimination. The achievement of personal and professional success for surgeons—men and women alike—is clearly challenged by a lack of resources and a culture that has failed to change with the times and the growing world population. In this panel discussion, AO CMF faculty members will discuss their experiences and how they as surgeons can continually strive to inspire the pursuit of individuals’ passions, diverse strengths, and creativity, over expectations of blind workaholism and financial gain, to advance the AO CMF community and surgical care globally.
Panelists will include Victoria Beale, United Kingdom; Ferdinand Pamintuan, Philippines; Jaime Quintero, Colombia; and Ana Tobón Trujillo, Colombia. Moderating the discussion will be Maria Troulis and Sabine Girod from the United States. The event will conclude with a questions and answers session where participants are encouraged to participate.
To register for this professional development opportunity, please visit the website

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