Section 1.3: Women in Medicine

Section 1.3: Women in Medicine

Women Doctors May Be Better For Patients’ Health

Comparison of Hospital Mortality and Readmission Rates for Medicare Patients Treated by Male vs Female Physicians

“Women physicians are more likely to do evidence-based medicine, and follow clinical guidelines,” noted Ashish Jha, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and one of the study’s co-authors. “They are more likely to communicate in a way patients report is more effective.”

Conclusions and relevance: Elderly hospitalized patients treated by female internists have lower mortality and readmissions compared with those cared for by male internists. These findings suggest that the differences in practice patterns between male and female physicians, as suggested in previous studies, may have important clinical implications for patient outcomes



"Almost 40% of women physicians go part-time or leave medicine altogether within six years of completing their residencies."

“When you invest more than a decade of your life to learn a skill and you’re willing to walk away from that early in your career, that’s more than a red flag. It’s a burning fire.” - Sasha Shillcutt, MDUniversity of Nebraska Medical Center

Citizenship Tasks and Women Physicians: Additional Woman Tax in Academic Medicine?


Citizenship tasks are described as uncompensated work-related duties that require dedicated time, often performed while at work but sometimes done during off-hours.

Women are better at managing people and organizing things and hence they end up doing more citizenship tasks for free.

Impact of Covid-19 - Women in Healthcare are at a Breaking Point

In the past year, countless women — physicians, nurses and care workers — say the coronavirus crisis has driven them to leave the workforce or dramatically scale back their professional commitment

And as a matter of fact, women lost more jobs (in almost all sectors) and they are not recovering from it.

Women in health care haven't recovered from pandemic job loss


Women have lost more jobs than men across nearly every health care sector


Gender Differences in Compensation Anesthesiology

Compensation for anesthesiologists showed a significant pay gap that was associated with gender even after adjusting for potential confounding factors, including age, hours worked, geographic practice region, practice type, position, and job selection criteria.