I'm applying to medical school now and am currently working with a group of 6 orthopods in exeter NH. I asked this same question to them and the ARNP in our office (who is female). The concensus answer was that ortho can be very demanding of strength and involves a lot of physical labor. Not to say that women cant do that, just that was their opinion as to why there werent as many in the field. It can be very gruelling doing physical labor like rodding femur fractures, total joints, reducing fractures, and one doctor even talked about how he spent 3 hours at 3am on a saturday night trying to reduce a dislocated subtalar joint, eventually giving up, stitching the patient backup and sending them down to boston.mdforlife said:what do you guys think about women pursuing ortho? how come there aren't too many of them?
well, i am an ortho- guy! take my word- this branch is not for the Womenly Women! If yuo are a little Tomboyish- Wellcome to the hell!mdforlife said:what do you guys think about women pursuing ortho? how come there aren't too many of them?
Okay, for the record, the above reply is certainly not representative of everyone in the field. Note that the above post doesn't come from an American or someone training/practicing in the US.DrGarfield said:well, i am an ortho- guy! take my word- this branch is not for the Womenly Women! If yuo are a little Tomboyish- Wellcome to the hell!
the reasons are- the work is hard- consuming- demanding- and very very physical! if you cant pull on without moving or complaining of pains- you better forget!
There are things within Orthopaedics for females though- like Hand surgery! delicate enough!
I was once on board a flight from Singapore to Bombay- and the lady sitting next to me was a 40- something from Hong Kong- and Í got to knw that she is an Ortho- and then i found out that she is also a Professional Power Lifting sports person!! So this is the type of Females that can be here. If women can be in the Army- fighting with their shirts open and shooting people down- why not in Ortho? but the TYPE of women is DEFINED!!!!