(CNN)A medical journal is retracting an article that called some social media posts "potentially unprofessional" after outraged health professionals flooded Twitter with photos of themselves posing in bikinis and holding alcoholic drinks.
A medical journal apologized after an article prompted health professionals to post images of themselves in bikinis
The hashtag #Medbikini quickly trended Friday after the Journal of Vascular Surgery posted the article titled "Prevalence of unprofessional social media content among young vascular surgeons."
The article specifically mentioned photos that included "provocative posing in bikinis/swimwear" and "holding/consuming alcohol."
Many medical professionals argued that the contents targeted women and highlighted the sexism problem in the medical field.
Vera Bajarias, a nephrologist in training in the Philippines, posted a photo of herself in a bikini with the words, "I can wear swimwear to the beach in my free time & be a competent & compassionate physician at work."
"The backlash should have erupted the minute this paper saw the light of day," she told CNN. "As a female doctor, I'm incredibly aware of how sexist the medical world is. Unless women are regarded as equals, we cannot achieve full progress not just in medicine, but in any other field of occupation."
Several men come to the same conclusion and are standing up for their female colleagues.
"I don't feel like this study applies the same social responsibility to men and women equally," Anthony Tucker, an ear, nose, and throat surgeon in Florida told CNN. "
"In my, the medical profession, male physicians have behaved poorly for decades and with little grief. ...However, when a strong willed, confident, intelligent and very skilled women does the same... they are given grief. I have seen it countless times."
The study was first published in December 2019 came to light after being included in the August edition of the Journal of Vascular Surgery.
It evaluated the accounts of 480 young vascular surgeons to see if their social media posts could be labeled as blatantly unprofessional or potentially unprofessional to a future patient searching for a doctor. Sixty-eight percent of the accounts were men and 32% were female, and over half could be publicly identified.
The article based their research on a 2012 study that found that over 40% of adults search for their potential doctor online and said the infor