The April 3, 2017 Health, Medicine, and the Body issue of the New Yorker, features an illustration by artist Malika Favre of four female members of a surgical team looking down on a patient on the operating table.
The artist’s intention behind the cover was “to capture that feeling of people watching you lose consciousness,” but it has taken on a new, empowered meaning for women surgeons around the world. The #ILookLikeASurgeon social media trend started with Dr. Susan Pitt, an endocrine surgeon at the University of Wisconsin, when she called on her fellow female surgeons challenging them to replicate the image “to bring visibility to the women and other minority groups working in a traditionally white, male-dominated field.”
While the percentage of U.S. physicians who are women has grown from 12 percent in 1980 to 30 percent in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, women continue to be underrepresented in the field of surgery. American Medical Association statistics show women currently constitute only 19 percent of all surgeons.
Well, Dr. Pitt asked and hundreds of surgeons have answered. Here are just a few of the many incredibly awesome photos that have been shared.
The tweet that started it all
— Susan Pitt (@susieQP8) April 4, 2017
— Olivier Branford (@OlivierBranford) April 12, 2017
— GC Aesthetics (@G_C_Aesthetics) April 10, 2017
— Arielle Kanters (@arikanters) April 11, 2017
— Sarah Ward, MD (@sarah_wardCT) April 12, 2017
— UW-Madison (@UWMadison) April 12, 2017
— Praise Matemavi (@drmatemavi) April 10, 2017
— Susan Pitt (@susieQP8) April 6, 2017
He for She!
— Justin B. Dimick (@jdimick1) April 13, 2017
— M.C.Nguyen MD, MPH (@michellechii215) April 10, 2017