Thursday, April 24, 2008

Women in Medicine


Harriet Hall from the Science-Based Medicine blog wrote a piece on "Women in Medicine" recently. It is interesting reading, as I hope her book will be. I've ordered my copy.

Something very interesting is happening in medicine. It’s happening slowly, quietly, and steadily, with no help from affirmative action programs.

At the beginning of the 20th century about 5 percent of the doctors in the United States were women. In 1970, it was still only 7 percent. By 1998, 23 percent of all doctors were women, and today, women make up more than 50 percent of the medical student population. In 1968 only 1.2% of practicing dentists were women. By 2003, 17% of dentists were women, and 35% of dentists in new active private practice were female.

1 comment:

mark's tails said...

started med school in the mid 80's, our class was near 50/50 male/female. I guess our administration was ahead of the curve.

although pulmonary/ccm specialty is still male dominated (much like surgery still is) our group has been hiring and training more woman.