Are Women Doctors Contributing to a Doctor Shortage?

June 16, 2011
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About 30 percent of doctors in the United States are female, and women received 48 percent of the medical degrees awarded in 2010.

About 30 percent of doctors in the United States are female, and women received 48 percent of the medical degrees awarded in 2010. But their productivity doesn’t match that of men […] even full-time female doctors reported working on average 4.5 fewer hours each week and seeing fewer patients than their male colleagues […] 71 percent of female pediatricians take extended leave at some point—five times higher than the percentage for male pediatricians […] This gap is especially problematic because women are more likely to go into primary care fields—where the doctor shortage is most pronounced—than men are. Today 53 percent of family practice residents, 63 percent of pediatric residents and nearly 80 percent of obstetrics and gynecology residents are female.

Full article on the correlation between women doctors and the doctor shortage.