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Female doctors and nurses pose in swimwear as they slam 'sexist' study that says medics look

These women in healthcare decided to act against the study (Picture: Instagram) via

A study has been retracted after it was criticised as being sexist for saying female surgeons who posed in bikinis or ‘provocative’ Halloween costumes were unprofessional.

Published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery, it was entitled ‘Prevalence of unprofessional social media content among young vascular surgeons’.

The researchers – six out of seven of whom were male – screened the social media profiles of 480 graduating trainees for any ‘unprofessional conduct’ including looking at their attire, alcohol consumption, and if they made controversial political and religious comments.

The paper said ‘pictures in underwear, provocative Halloween costumes, and provocative posing in bikinis/swimwear’ are inappropriate.

Since the backlash, the journal has retracted the study, saying it was based on ‘highly subjective assessments of professionalism based on antiquated norms’.

These twins also joined in (Picture: Bombtwinz/Instagram) One of the healthcare providers joining the trend was nurse Mel Fidel from San Diego.

The authors also apologised for their work.

But before it got taken down, female nurses, doctors and surgeons posed in side-by-side shots of themselves in their scrubs next to images of them having fun in their bikinis. Using the hasghtag

#Medbikini on Instagram, female healthcare professionals showed that you could save lives but also dress in whatever way you wanted.

The tag has more than 20,00 submissions with medical professionals from all over the world joining in.

She shared an image of herself in a bikini and wrote in the caption: ‘I am and will always be a local girl from Hawaii. The beach and the ocean is a part of who I am and what I love.

In fact, I’m at the beach today in a two-piece and surfing! ‘I also enjoy a glass of red wine and a white claw after a long stressful day at work. But, that doesn’t mean I’m an incompetent nurse.

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My view: It should be about their skills and saving lives not what they wear after work.

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