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

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

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

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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.

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