Glenn S. Ross, MD
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Ross G.; Salary Equity among Male and Female Internists. Ann Intern Med. 2001;134:798. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-134-9_Part_1-200105010-00025
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2001;134(9_Part_1):798.
TO THE EDITOR:
In their survey of general internists and specialists in Pennsylvania, Ness and colleagues (1) purport to demonstrate a 14% earnings discrepancy between male and female physicians after adjusting for confounding variables. Women are also described as being disproportionately represented in low-earning specialties.
This study has several problems. First, the authors, by their own account, did not query respondents on the number of weeks worked per year. In a previous study (2), male physicians reported working 47 weeks per year and female physicians, 46. Assuming similar habits in Ness and colleagues' study, the salary differential decreases to 11.5%.
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