Women in medicine: are they succeeding?
- By: Anja Spindler, Barbara Buddeberg-Fischer, Victoria Reed
Women in medicine: are they succeeding? Women are still underrepresented in many areas of medicine
Despite the sex distribution in today's medical school classes, we have not reached the age of equal representation of the sexes in medicine. Western industrialised countries have seen an increase in the percentage of women enrolling in medical school, and in some countries women entrants outnumber men. The large proportion of women applying to and being accepted by medical schools provides evidence of equal access. Yet once they are out of medical school, men and women differ in their choices and career paths. As a result, women are still underrepresented in several disciplines such as hospital surgical and medical specialties. Women are more likely to work in general specialties or primary care and tend to specialise in disciplines that are ranked lower in terms of prestige and earnings.
This breakdown of the sexes by medical