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Underemployment of Women Physicians

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Department of Medicine and Surgery
Veterans Administration
Washington, D. C.

Ann Intern Med. 1969;71(4):862-863. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-71-4-862
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Underemployment of women physicians, despite the serious imbalance between the supply and demand for medical skills, has been documented in several recent studies (1-7). Women currently constitute only 8% of physicians in the United States, but their proportion is expected to increase within a few years to between 10 and 15% (8, 9). These facts emphasize the need for greater appreciation of work patterns and life styles among medical women.

What is the extent of the underutilization of the skills of medical women? Recent surveys in this country, Canada, and Britain have produced comparable information (1, 3, 5-7). Slightly more


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