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Ethics, equity, and economics: A primer on women in medicine

Essary, Alison C. DHSc, PA-C; Coplan, Bettie MPAS, PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants:
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000446231.08425.6d
Special Article

ABSTRACT: Women account for more than 70% of physician assistant (PA) students, 62% of practicing PAs, and 57% of faculty in PA programs. About half of all US medical students, 30% of actively practicing physicians, and 37% of faculty at academic medical centers are female. However, women in medicine are paid less than men for equal work effort and achieve fewer leadership positions within academia and medicine. Neglecting the skills and talents of women may lead to a workforce that fails to represent our patient and student populations.

Author Information

Alison C. Essary is director of student affairs and an associate professor in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University in Phoenix. Bettie Coplan is a clinical associate professor in the PA program at Northern Arizona University in Phoenix. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

© 2014 American Academy of Physician Assistants.

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