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Dr. Sharon Larson is Iowa’s first female cardiothoracic surgeon. You might be forgiven for thinking that Iowa’s been a bit backwards for not having had this glass ceiling broken sooner, but there aren’t exactly a surplus of women who’ve sought out this demanding career. In the United States, only 5% of CT surgeons are women in this already-tiny specialty. When Dave read about her in the local paper, he figured she’d be a great guest for Kylie Miller, Philip Huang, Hadeal Ayoub, and Erin Pazaski to talk with about things like glass ceilings and how women succeed in a man’s world. Turns out, Dave was right–she’s a great guest to talk to about the long road to becoming an attending in her field, what male surgeons should know about female surgeons and vice versa, and how a woman might find she and her friends taking golf lessons to prove a point. Listeners, when you talk to us, we do our best work. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email email@example.com.
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One thought on “Cardiothoracic Surgery: A Woman’s World, For Dr. Sharon Larson”
Amazing episode! I loved hearing from Dr. Larson. It was very inspirational especially as a female premed student. It was inspiring that she is so down to earth and relatable and she has kept her identity while still going through rigourous training and being a professional in one of the most competitive subspecialties. All while being one of the most entertaining guests on the show. Thank you Dave, med students and Dr. Larson for another job well done.
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