Hand surgery training is rigorous, with its intent to create competent surgeons prepared to appropriately care for their patients. Trainees are faced with an increased risk of infertility and obstetric complications, breastfeeding difficulties, and a lack of perceived support from peers, residency leadership, and nationally from groups like the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). These factors can deter women from pursuing a career in hand surgery or discourage them from family planning during the residency that is traditionally during the peak of women’s fertility. Similarly, practicing Hand surgeons face challenges with regard to call, maternity leave policy, and financial burdens. Surgeons should not have to choose between a career and a family.
Hand Clinics, Volume 39, February 2023,