Reuters Health, September 6, 2016

A small study suggests trainee doctors are finding a more supportive attitude from superiors and colleagues toward their pregnancies. Women entering medicine in the U.S. face many barriers to childbearing, including a persistent negative stigma surrounding pregnancy during years-long training programs, according to the study's lead author, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Becoming a surgeon takes four years of college, four years of medical school and an average of five years of residency, so women spend their mid-20s to mid-30s in training.

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