The Presence of Women in Medicine

A new survey from Medscape shares information on the increasing presence of women in medicine. Medicine, a once male-dominated profession, has seen huge growth in the number of women joining its ranks. While in 1975 there were more than 35,000 female physicians in the United States, by 2012 this figure grew sixfold to more than 321,000. In fact, in 2012, women represented 31% of all physicians and 45% of all residents and fellows. And this growth is likely to continue, with women making up almost half of the medical school population. One place where this demographic shift is less obvious, however, is at the top, where women represent less than 20% of division chiefs, medical school deans, department chairs, and hospital CEOs.


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