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Dec 7, 2023

Editor in Chief Cecelia E. Schmalbach, MD, MSc, is joined by Associate Editor Babak Givi, MD, and lead author Leila J. Mady MD, PhD, MPH, to discuss “Gender Differences Among Head and Neck Microvascular Reconstructive Surgeons,” which published in the November 2023 issue of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.  The research used a survey that was sent to facial plastic and maxillofacial surgeons, in addition to microvascular surgeons, to gain a comprehensive understanding of what causes gender differences in the subspecialty. One takeaway of note was that there were no gender differences when it came to training and practice patterns. Another revealed gender differences when explaining changes in practice—for men, the reasons related to career advancement; for women, the reasons related to burnout, usually related to work-life balance and especially if they have children.