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In 2018, are women still underrepresented in the medical field?

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I know that in the past women have been underrepresented in basically all STEM fields but it seems like more women are beginning to enter professions that are traditionally “male-dominated” such as medicine. So my question is: in 2018 do men still significantly outnumber women in medical schools in the United States?
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Rachel’s Answer

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It depends on the field. There are more women than men (although it is very close) applying to medical school now. However, different fields after different percentages of women. There are still many more men than women in general surgery. However, the number of men and women applying to general surgery now is about equal.
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Dr. Kristy Taylor,’s Answer

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This particular blog article has always been one of my favorite points of reference for questions like yours: https://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/blog/2014/08/women-in-leadership. When it comes to more technical, mid-level jobs providing hands-on patient care such as nursing, women are in the majority. The under representation becomes evident as women seek to climb the corporate leadership ladder to become CEOs of healthcare facilities.


Also, representation continues to vary by healthcare specialty area. A more recent article from the Washington Post provides some insight into the role that women play in hands-on patient care: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/women-are-now-a-majority-of-entering-medical-students-nationwide/2018/01/22/b2eb00e8-f22e-11e7-b3bf-ab90a706e175_story.html?utm_term=.477ccee35406

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Richard’s Answer

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Women are a slight majority in primary care, pediatrics, and ob/gyn.

In my field, radiology, there are still more males than females.
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Richard’s Answer

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Women are a slight majority in primary care, pediatrics, and ob/gyn.

In my field, radiology, there are still more males than females.
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