I just graduated from medical school in New York and am now an incoming general surgery resident in Miami. Our incoming class consists of 5 female and 2 males (how cool!). On top of it over >50% of those applying to surgical specialties in my graduating medical class were females!
It is true that medicine and surgery specifically was a very male dominated pathway for many years, but this is a truly exciting time to be a woman in medicine and a woman in surgery. As others mentioned there are more women in medical school now than men and in my recent experience interviewing across the country for surgery residency the tides are truly changing in how many women are going into surgery. I met many amazing women surgeons and female co-applicants. The future of surgery is a much more diverse and welcoming place than it has ever been and we are so excited to welcome you to it!
There are many different pathways to having a surgical based career whether it is through general surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, or completing an OBGYN residency and doing gynecologic surgery as mentioned above. OBGYN tends to be a female dominated specialty, and if you find yourself interested in that pathway that is amazing! However, you are not limited to pursuing OBGYN to become a surgeon (which unfortunately you may hear at some point along your pursuit of a surgical career), but women can become any type of surgeon that they want to be!
I don't want to bore you with way too many details but here is a link to the Association of Women Surgeons: https://linktr.ee/womensurgeons; you can check out their instagram or twitter to see highlights of some cool women in surgery!
In fact, my big sister is a surgeon in Texas! She is a gynecologic surgeon meaning she performs surgeries specifically for women's issues. Here's her website: https://hunter4women.com/robotic_surgery.php
While there are many fine male gynecologic surgeons, being a woman helps her understand her patients' issues. If you are interested in a medical career including surgery, you should pursue your passion! I suspect you have a very bright future ahead.
Women can definitely be surgeons! I am a Physician Assistant, and have seen many surgeon Physicians and Physician Assistants who are women. Women can do anything men can do!
The requirements for women surgeons are exactly the same as for male surgeons.
Wishing you all the best!
If this is what you want to do, go for it!
Due to the medical field being predominantly male, patients find it hard to believe their surgeon is the female. But they sure are.