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    More women than ever flocking to med school

     

    The numbers signify that practicing medicine is an equally attractive career for women and that the med school environment may be more inclusive than ever before. Whelan says medical schools are making significant strides in fostering more diversity as well. While there’s always more work to do in attracting minority students, for the first time, this is a positive milestone when it comes to the balance of men and women matriculants.

    What Women Think

    One reason women are welcoming the narrowing of the gender divide in medical school is because the more women who participate in educational and training programs, the more attentive they become to the wellness of trainees. Things like acceptance of alternate career paths in medicine, time out for family care, structured mentoring, and addressing the gender differences that impact the daily work experiences of women in medicine are just some of the ways more women in the field are improving it.

    “This is important because women in medicine have long played a major part in innovation, clinical care, and the education of trainees and students in the health sciences,” says Pamela B. Davis, MD, Ph.D., dean of the school of medicine and senior vice president for medical affairs at Case Western Reserve University.

     

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    Additionally, the annual survey by the AAMC also uncovered that more students indicate having a work-life balance was essential to their paths after medical school. And nearly 30 percent said they plan to work in underserved areas.

    The AAMC is encouraged by the report, and the fact that women and minorities are joining the ranks of physicians, which will have a projected shortage as the population ages and the need for physicians increase. As a culture, society has embraced both working women and working mothers over the past several decades, which may have given rise to these promising numbers. A few short decades back, women may have been more reticent to enter the medical field because of its arduous nature, long hours and male-centric focus.

    Experts think as more women populate medical specialties and higher rungs on the medical academia ladder, women physicians will continue to bring new perspective and address issues like balancing work and family life, paving the way for more women doctors.

     

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    "Women have historically been an underrepresented part of medicine,” says Linda Mehta, MD, associate dean for admissions at Case Western University. “While our numbers are increasing, our voices and recognition of our contributions have yet to be fully recognized. We have so much talent and perspective to add to the medical landscape, and this must be recognized, celebrated and encouraged.”

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    • Anonymous
      Articles like this want me to pull my hair out. PC nonsense at it`s best. Men yet again made to feel guilty about women being under-represented in medicine when the doors have been open for over 40 years. They have always been welcomed and accepted as colleagues so please leave the victim premise out of it. If they wan to go to med school-then go and accept what is a career of self- sacrifice for others.
    • Anonymous
      More PC nonsense. Gender and ethnicity are irrelevant. The practice of Medicine was once a noble and demanding profession. It is rapidly regressing to a civil service job. In order to reverse and restore our medical system we must appeal to and seek out the best talent that can be found, i.e. content of character and ability of mind, regardless of color of skin, ethnicity, or chromosome type
    • UBM User
      "Medical school enrollment has traditionally been dominated by men—until now." Perhaps you should walk down the hallway at the University of Michigan and look at the pictures of the graduating classes. It was not so initially at all. Best always. . .
    • UBM User
      This news does not excite me as much as it does the women who are quoted. As the article mentions, medicine is an arduous career with long hours, and requires some self-sacrifice. More women students will not necessarily increase the number of practicing physicians, because most women do not work as 1.0 FTE for their entire career, and retire earlier than their male colleagues. It is false to say we need a 50-50 gender workforce, merely because we have the same percentages in the population. I want a physician there to care for me when I'm old.

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