TOP 10: Medical Industry Specialty Fields Where Women Dominate
The American Medical College recently released its annual report “The State of Women in Academic Medicine.” In general, the report found that that proportion of medical school applicants who are women has continued to drop since it peaked at 51 percent in 2003-04.
In the years 2013-14, 46 percent of medical school applicants were women and 46 percent of residents were women, as well.
While women residents increasingly enter specialties where they have been historically underrepresented, large gender disparities remain. Although the percentages have slowly increased over the past 10 years, women continue to hold a smaller proportion of key leadership positions (department, chair, dean) than do men.
Below are the percentages of female residents in each medical industry specialty.
10. Anesthesiology – 37 percent
9. Internal Medicine Subspecialties – 37 percent
8. Surgery – 38 percent
7. Emergency Medicine – 38 percent
6. Internal Medicine – 43 percent
5. Pathology – 54 percent
4. Psychiatry – 55 percent
3. Family Medicine – 55 percent
2. Pediatrics – 71 percent
1. OB/GYN – 83 percent
“Attracting women to pursue careers in medicine and recruiting and retaining a talented and diverse faculty for academic medicine are essential to creating excellent educational, clinical and research cultures across academic medical centers,” the report stated.